To put the Spanish howitzer’s “anecdotal” provenance in perspective, here’s a photo of the descriptions of all eleven cannons in the USCC collection in 1903. Note that most of the descriptions trace the cannons to their presence at a famous historical event (Battle of Yorktown, Battle of the Spanish Armada, Siege of Petersburg, Battle of Vera Cruz, etc.). I have no doubt that most if not all of these connections were simply dreamed up by a former owner of the piece. In most cases the cannons described are not even of a type known to have been present at the engagements named. My cannon collection once consisted of hundreds of pieces which I researched extensively using infinitely better resources than were available to the owners of these 11 items ca. 1900, and I was only able to trace a small fraction of mine back to when and where they were in service.
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