The CARE Foundation encourages the public to attend the ceremony at 5 p.m. at the CARE Honor Garden, 215 North Fillmore Street, to learn more about the artifact’s history.
Chief Park Ranger Stacy Allen is scheduled to speak about the 30-pound parrot siege gun and carriage.
“We will not only unveil the cannon but also honor the endowment fund donors,” said Mona Lisa Grady, executive director for CARE. “We hope everybody can join us.”
The authentic rifle is mounted on a reproduction carriage and positioned alongside the railroad between the museum and tourism office. CARE acquired the carriage to house the rifle, which had been at Shiloh since 1901. CARE worked with the National Park Service to bring the artifact to the depot grounds.
The Parrott rifle has a maximum range of 6,700 yards or 3.8 miles, using a 3.75-pound charge to fire the 30-pound projectile.
“On May 29, 1862, during the Siege of Corinth, General John Pope ordered three rounds to be fired into Corinth from a 30-pound Parrott,” said Park Ranger Tom Parson. “One of the shells burst near the railroad crossing, killing a locomotive engineer and wounding four trainmen. These cannon were firing from a position east of Bridge Creek, somewhere in the vicinity of the current animal shelter.”
During the Battle of Corinth, the Union had 11 of these guns along with several others of different types in the forts around the downtown area.
Refreshments and music by Lost Cause will conclude the event.