Cannon Removal in 1972
It’s a happy fact that Groton’s Revolutionary War cannon, captured at the battle of Chelsea Creek 241 years ago by Groton Minutemen on May 27, 1775, has finally found its way into the care of historian and craftsman Earl Carter. For years this historic treasure was neglected, left out in the elements, hidden under piles of manure, mostly forgotten and almost taken during WWII for scrap metal. Here the cannon is shown on the Sheedy property near Lawrence Academy before it was moved by Leroy Johnson and others in 1972 to the back of Boutwell House. From there, Earl Carter took the cannon under his protective wing, making it accessible and understandable to younger generations of Americans.