Old Abe the cannon of Volcano, Ca.
I could make a pretty good case for the fact that the Civil War was won here. With one gun. An ugly little cannon named "Old Abe." The Confederacy was losing. losing. It had run out of money to fight the war. Plantation matrons had hocked their silverware for the cause Far away in the mines of the Mother Lode o( the West in Volcano were Southern sympathies. Sympathies Sympathies and gold. Millions of dollars worth of gold. Enough to put the South back on the battlefields in good health. One dark night the Southern Southern boys of Volcano decided to move the needed gold out of Volcano and take it to Dixie, where it might turn the tide. But the local Yankees Yankees get wind of the plan and pulled out "Old Abe." That one cannon, aimed at the wagons of the boys of the South, stopped the movement of the gold. And it may have stopped the war. Who knows?