The memorial fountain at Fountain Square stands today as a tribute to the bravery and sacrafice of fallen Chattanooga area firefighters. It was originally erected as a tribute to firefighters Henry Iler and W.M. Peak, who were burned to death in the 'Bee Hive' fire at Fourth and Market streets on June 9, 1887
The original cast zinc figure of a fireman at the top of the fountain was 'smashed' in 1961 and replaced with a polychromed aluminum copy in 1962. This is according to ' Zinc Sculpture in America, 1850-1950 -Grissom
The memorial plaque on the cannon reads:
This cannon was captured by the United States Troops at Santiage de Cuba on the 16th day of July 1898. It was one of the guns which commanded the bay and harbor of Santiago at the time of the sinking of the Merrimac by Lieut. Hobson and his brave party, and was employed by the Spanish Garrison in their effort to destroy them, and is now loaned to the city of Chattanooga by the U.S. Government.
I noticed the term 'loaned'. After 110+ years, perhaps we can keep it?
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