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Learn how to fire a cannon, Jacobus Vanderveer House NJ (April 8th, 2017)

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Aug 5, 2011
Instructors from the Civil War re-enactment group and National Civil War Artillery Association will teach registered participants how to safely work around, load and fire the two cannons. The program will be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Those who want to participate in the course must register in advance by visiting www.jvanderveerhouse.org or by calling 908-396-6053.

Participants will learn about the various positions and duties associated with firing a cannon and will have the opportunity to receive a two-year certification in those positions upon the successful completion of the 4-hour session.


The fee for the course is $10, which includes a two-year membership in the National Civil War Artillery Association. It is open to all ages, but participants must be at least 16 years of age to work with the cannon. All registered participants for the course should arrive by 9:30 a.m.

"Younger children will have plenty of opportunities to participate too, and can receive instruction and certification as powder passers," said Jeffrey Cohen, commander of the Sixth New York Independent Battery. "This is a unique opportunity for parents and children to get a hands-on history lesson about civil war artillery tactics.

"The 12-pounder smoothbore Napoleon, originally manufactured in France and later in the U.S., was considered the King of the Battlefield during the Civil War. It could propel cannon balls up to a mile. The 10-pounder Parrott Rifle had a range of 2,000 yards and was much more precise."

Jacobus Vanderveer House is located in River Road Park, and the house will also be open for tours; admission to the house is $10 per person. Members and children 12 and under are admitted for free.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House, also known as Knox House, is a Federal style house located just north of the community of Pluckemin, in Bedminster Township, Somerset County, New Jersey at the junction of US 202 and 206 north of River Road
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