Old Iron Wrote:
> The cannon is at the intersection of W.Braddock
> Road and Russell Road. The cannon was abandoned by
> General Braddock in 1755 in Alexandria, so there
> is no need to remove it for being racist.
> The cobble stones were removed from Alexandria
> streets and were used to construct the base.
> I wonder how many times this has been hit by
> speeding drunk drivers?
The cannon wasn't always aimed to the west. It used to be aimed to the east. I have no idea when that change was made.
There's a plaque on the ground nearby. It's on the corner with the Seventh Day Adventist church. It was put there in 2015, on the 100th anniversary of the Braddock cannon's dedication.
Alexandria Times, February 5, 2009
Image: 1917 photo fo the Braddock Cannon Monument located at the intersection of Braddock and Russell roads. Photo, Library of
In 1755, British Major General Edward Braddock assembled his troops in Alexandria in preparation to defend the western frontier against the French and their Native American allies. Joining him was his aide-de-camp, George Washington, who was familiar with the region having fought there the year before. When Braddock and his expedition departed, they left behind a number of cannons in Alexandria. Braddock was later killed during the Battle of the Monongahela.
More than 150 years later, the Colonial Dames of America worked to convert some of the cannons into monuments that marked the route Braddock had taken. On May 26, 1915, they dedicated the monument situated where Braddock and Russell roads intersect today. They unveiled the monument, hidden behind a Virginia flag and a British flag, and presented it to Mayor Thomas A. Fisher. The mayor acknowledged the work of the women saying, “the woman behind the man behind the gun made success possible, or, on the other hand, soothed the pangs of defeat.”
The cannon, seen in this photograph taken around 1917, was mounted atop of a base of cobblestones collected from Alexandria’s streets and cemented together. Marble tablets on two sides record the significance of the cannon and the route that Braddock’s army took on its way out of Alexandria. Another Braddock cannon was converted into a drinking fountain and is located in the 100 block of North Royal Street.