After JMU scores a touchdown, listen for the loud report from this Revolutionary War cannon replica. The cannon is voluntarily manned by a group of cadets during football games and other special events. The Cannon Crew learns the commands and functions of the equipment that is used during a regular firing of the cannon. If you would like to be a part of the Cannon Crew, please contact the cannon crew commander.
Not a JMU Duke BN cadet, but still want to see the cannon in action? Come visit the Cannon Crew during regular season home football games! The Cannon Crew is located next to the JMU Computer Help Desk (in route to Greek Row) during football games.
The JMU ROTC Department is grateful for the permanent loan of this cannon from Shirley McGatha, wife of the late Charles McGatha, a Korean War veteran.
6 Pounder (Smoothbore) Revolutionary War Replica Cannon
Napoleon Style Carriage
Tube Length: 60 inches
Tube Weight: 884 pounds
Bore Diameter: 3.67 inches
Range: 1520 yards
If you would like to be a part of the Cannon Crew, please contact Mark McLaughlin at email@example.com
JMU Cannon Needs Repairs!
No memory of a JMU home football game would be complete without the thundering sound of the JMU Cannon Crew firing off after every touchdown.
The Cannon Crew has been a part of every JMU home game for the last ten years, and fires after the national anthem, at half time, at the end of the game, and after every JMU score.
However, the cannon, a replica of a Revolutionary War cannon called a Verbruggen, is now in need of refurbishing.
The cannon wheels, carriage and overall paint need serious repairs and refurbishment. Burkholder Buggy is repairing the carriage and wheels while Joe Kaminski is stripping, priming and painting the cannon to reflect its correct historical lineage.
Total cost of repairs is estimated at $1,200.00.
Any donations or help alumni could provide would be greatly appreciated!