Wednesday, July 11, 2007

CANNON FIRES IN CUMBERLAND CITY




By TERESA N. SETTLE
Tennessee Express News Writer
* The loud “boom” was over in a split second, but it echoed along the banks
of the Cumberland River for much longer, as Cumberland City Mayor Whitey
Vaughn proudly declared, “That’s the first cannon shot heard in Cumberland
City since 1865.”
* The time was 10:07 a.m. last Saturday, June 30. It was heard during the
opening ceremonies for the “Lighting Up the Cumberland – 2007.”
* The cannon fire was orchestrated off the banks of the Cumberland River by
the Porters / Baxter Battery, a company of Civil War re-enactors with local
(Tennessee Ridge) ties.
* According to Mayor Vaughn, the story goes that there’s a tree in the
Methodist Church yard that had the top of it blown out during the Civil War.
* He described the tree as 22 feet, 8 inches around. Not only that, but
Cumberland City has more Civil War stories.
* “There’s a gun boat that sunk about in line with Bradley Street,” the
mayor said. “It’s still there. Nobody’s ever dug it up.”
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