Stearns' Cannon (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
This cannon, displayed in in Amherst College, Massachusetts, commemorates a former student, Adjutant Frazar Stearns, who was killed at the Battle of New Bern on 14 March 1862. The cannon was confiscated from Confederate forces by the 21st Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and gifted to the Amherst community when Stearns' body was returned to his family, as a tribute to the fallen soldier.
The inscription describes its capture at New Bern and lists 20 men of the 21st Regiment who were killed in the battle. On Frazar Stearns: "He was an honest man, a true Christian, and a model soldier, faithful, active, intelligent, and brave among the bravest'
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Originally owned by The Company C, 10th N.C. State Troops (the Charlotte Artillery)
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