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Professors Garrett Thiessen (left) and Albert Nicholas examine the cannon barrel shortly after it was rescued from Cedar Creek in 1952.

Monmouth College’s fabled cannon spent half a century in local creek

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The route of the cannon abductors, sketched on a period map.
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College historian Jeff Rankin describes the history of the cannon to visiting alumni.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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