National Geographic : 1947 Feb
Gilbert Grosvenor Fort Jefferson's Cannon, Which Never Fired a Ball in Anger, Lie Like FallenTrees, Pointing Nowhere In the Civil War four unready cannon saved the fort. When a Confederate warship demanded surrender, the commander ofthe useless guns replied, "I'll blow you out of the water." His bluff succeeded. Too heavy for looters, this old cannon sleeps among cactus. J. M . Bryant's name isone ofthousands "registered" by visitors. Loggerhead Key's lighthouse rises in the distance (page 214).