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It was surrendered without a fight and sent to Fort McHenry to join the other Talbot County cannons. After years of effort, the family finally got it back, and later presented it to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where it is now. With all the hoopla that went on here for 200 years about our munitions, it’s amazing that Talbot County has any cannons left at all!

them, either, and they are still at Wye House, but now safely inside, guarding the sofa. Unfortunately, someone tattled that there was a cannon at Myrtle Grove, the ancestral home of the Goldsboroughs on the Miles River. The stor y is that the authorities showed up en masse with horses, wagons and equipment to confiscate this dangerous piece of artiller y. It turned out to be a small brass swivel gun captured by the Americans in the 1803-1805 Tripoli Campaign with the Barbary pirates, brought here as a souvenir and presented to R. H. Goldsborough by Commodore Kennedy.

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