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FERRIER FILES: Franklin man donates fully restored Confederate Mountain Howitzer Cannon

(WZTV)

A Franklin man has donated a fully restored Confederate Mountain Howitzer Cannon from the Battle of Chickamauga.

Victor Hundt presented the cannon to the Lotz house Civil War Museum. His only request that the cannon bear a plaque honoring his son Lance Corporal John Hundt.

Hundt died at the age of 33 and it broke his father’s heart.

“This cannon was my therapy. When you are outside working on something like that sanding, painting or welding, it takes your mind off things,” said Hundt.

“We used to build these cannons together and I thought we should just build one for them,” said Hundt.

The cannon now sits on the battlefield where 10,000 men died in just five hours more than 150 years ago.

“A wise man told me once as long as these brave American are remembered they don’t die. They are always alive. They are always with us,” said Civil War historian Thomas Cartwright.

“and for him to spend hours and hours and hours to try to get past that incredible loss of life i can't walk down that path...what a gift!!

And now John Hundt resides with all those all old soldiers who died here....a memory spanning so many wars...so many sad fathers...

“and for him to spend hours and hours and hours to try to get past that incredible loss of life. I can’t walk down that path,” said Lotz House executive director, J.T Thompson.

“What a gift. What a gift,” he said.

The cannon is worth well over $100,000. But the Lotz house assures it has found a home for another 150 years.

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