LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Branch County history buffs should be pleased to learn that State Senator Bruce Caswell has announced a project to replace the historic Civil War cannons at the Michigan Capitol, which have a local connection to Coldwater. This comes as the people of the United States and Michigan commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War over the next several years. The cannons once flanked the walkway that leads to the front entrance of the Capitol building. They disappeared about 70 years ago during, as widely believed, a World War II scrap metal drive.
The original cannons belonged to the renowned Loomis Battery, led by General Cyrus O. Loomis of Coldwater and comprised of local volunteer soldiers of the Coldwater Light Artillery. The Loomis Battery participated in many significant Civil War battles, including Perryville, Stones River, and Chickamauga.
A fundraising effort is underway to replace the Loomis Battery cannons on the Capitol lawn with replicas of the originals. Senator Caswell encourages anyone interested in local history and Michigan’s involvement in the Civil War to help return the cannons to the Capitol though a contribution. No taxpayer money will be expended.