Saturday, November 6, 2010
J.J. Dickison's Cannon on display at Silver River Museum
A small howitzer said to have been used by Captain J.J. Dickison and his men is part of a display of Confederate and Union artifacts at the museum, which is a joint venture of the Marion County School District and the Florida Park Service. Dickison, of course, was known as the "Swamp Fox" of the Confederacy because of the highly successful raids he engineered using tactics much like those employed by General Francis Marion, the original "Swamp Fox" of the American Revolution.
The well-preserved howitzer is just one of the myriad of artifacts on display at the Silver River Museum, which is one of the finest public museums in the state. Other exhibits include a gigantic mammoth skeleton, artifacts from Florida's colonial times, relics of the Second Seminole War and even Spanish cannon and pieces of silver. You can learn more about the museum at www.exploresouthernhistory.com/silverrivermuseum.