On This Day In Michigan History… Dewey Cannon
On October 17, 1899 President William McKinley visited Three Oaks, Michigan to dedicate a cannon that was captured by Admiral Dewey in the Battle of Manila during the Spanish War.
The Village of Three Oaks was presented with the "War Trophy" for raising the largest per-capita contribution for a memorial in honor of the men of the USS Maine, an American naval ship that sank in Havana Harbor during the Cuban revolt against Spain.
The Dewey Cannon is a Michigan registered historic site and was renamed in honor of U.S. Commodore George Dewey.
Today the cannon can be found in the Dewey Cannon Park on Cherry Street in Three Oaks, Michigan. Dewey Cannon still bares the royal monogram of Queen Isabella II of Spain. A historical marker gives a brief history of how U.S. forces acquired.