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(Southern Partisan) – A new monument to the American Civil War and the hardship it caused in Carthage and Jasper County was dedicated Friday afternoon in Carthage’s Central Park.
Dozens of residents and city officials gathered in the drizzle to dedicate a replica Model 1841 six-pounder field artillery piece as a memorial to the soldiers who fought and died at the July 5, 1861, Battle of Carthage and to those area residents who endured the four years of hardships brought on by the war.
The Deffenbaugh Trust, a charitable trust created by Dr. Larry Deffenbaugh and his family, paid more than $35,000 to have the cannon and its metal carriage and wheels created at a foundry in Pennsylvania and shipped to Carthage.
The cannon was placed Friday morning on a concrete pad near the southeastern entrance to Central Park.
Historian Steve Cottrell said signs will be added soon to describe the cannon and the Battle of Carthage and Civil War history it commemorates.
“I think I speak for everyone when I say thank you Dr. Larry for your generous gift to Carthage, Jasper County and this entire region,” Cottrell said. “It’s weatherproof metal constructions ensures it will still be here long past our…