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Salute to New Castle

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In December 1774 Paul Revere roused Portsmouth citizens to storm the fort at William and Mary and steal King George’s guns and powder. This photo shows another rare day in which the fort, renamed Fort Constitution, saw action. Soldiers fired this salute on August 17, 1893 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of New Castle as a separate New Hampshire town. No tourists were injured.



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Fort Constitution in 1893 (c) Strawbery Banke Archives

Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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Visitors watch cannon salute in 1893 / Strawbery Banke Archive

Cannons fire at Fort Constitution, New Castle, NH /

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