Now that Owen's identified the Greensville County Courthouse in Emporia, Virginia, I want to talk a little bit about the World War I monument on the courthouse lawn. At right is a picture of it.
Here's what I find really interesting about this -- the gun is not from the US; it's a captured German cannon. Am I the only person who finds it surprising that we use a captured weapon as a monument? I don't know as I've ever seen this before. But I guess I can see this in some ways as making sense -- it's a reminder of what our soldiers faced in battle, for instance. As the plaque in from of the gun says:
A captured Imperial German Army 150MM Field Artillery Cannon manufactured by Krupp Works in 1917. Many thousands of Americans and allied young men gave their lives in France to enemy fire from weapons like this to make the world safe for democracy. Placed here by local veterans of Bulla Post 46 American Legion in 1925. On Permanent Loan by U.S. Army it is one of 8 allocated as memorials to these brave soldiers and veterans.
Now, the second thing I find surprising: the gun was restored in 2008 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. This is further evidence -- as if any is necessary -- of reunion through violence. Mostly people speak about the Spanish American War as a moment of reunion; maybe we should be talking about World War I in these terms, as well. Of course World War I was also a key moment in the African American march towards equality (see chapter 1).
I have two more trivia questions before the end of the year. Next up ... colonial courthouse trivia.