Happy birthday, here’s your cannon… @ Dailymail
Mike Daugherty asked his 11-year-old son Logan what he wanted for his birthday. The boy said, “I want a cannon.” Dad didn’t scoff at Logan’s request by saying, “How about a hippopotamus instead,” as a Christmas song from another era lamented. No, Daugherty is not that kind of guy. He granted his son’s wish and built him a Civil War-era cannon not a model, the real deal. The howitzer fires and rivals anything seen at Civil War reenactments across the country. He said it took him about two weeks to build and is worth about $6,000. “It looks like something right out of the battle at Gettysburg,” Daugherty said. The cast iron and steel 4-inch gun barrel is 36 inches long. It is mounted on a wooden gun carriage with two 36- inch diameter wheels. The cannon weighs about 700 pounds, so it is not something Logan will be able to carry to school in his backpack.