Large cannon at Fort Sumter getting new mount

A large Civil War-era cannon used at Fort Sumter, pictured, is getting a new carriage mount.

CHARLESTON — A large cannon used at Fort Sumter during the Civil War is getting a new carriage mount.

Rick Dorrance with the Fort Sumter National Monument says the gun, a 10-inch Columbiad cannon, has sat for years at the fort on wooden blocks.

On Monday it’s being lifted onto a new replica carriage at the fort in Charleston Harbor.

The gun weighs about 20,000 pounds and was made in 1846. It later was moved to Fort Johnson at the edge of Charleston Harbor.

It was brought back to Fort Sumter in 1954. Dorrance says the gun is one of only 14 of its type known to still exist.