SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - Two replica Revolutionary War cannons are being returned to Fort Moultrie after undergoing eight months of rehabilitation.
Years of paint coatings were carefully removed and replaced with a new state-of-the-art industrial coating. The old wooden carriages were deteriorated beyond repair, so new carriages were fabricated out of very old salvaged white oak, Fort Moultrie officials said.
The two cannon are being put back on display in the field in front of the fort. A third will be located in the visitor's center.
"These cannons play an important role in helping our visitors understand Fort Moultrie's history," said Park Superintendent Tim Stone. "Since the original Fort Moultrie no longer exists, we've placed the cannons to mark the location of one corner of the 1776 palmetto log wall. You can see where it was in relation to the 1809 fort that stands today. Along with park rangers and interpretive exhibits, they help us tell the story of the Revolutionary War on Sullivan's Island."
Fort Moultrie is administered by the National Park Service as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument.
A dedication ceremony for the cannon is being held Monday at 2 p.m. It is free to attend.