Spanish Mortar

1899; Bronze; Artifact, Memorial
Central Campus; West side of Hatcher Library South

This mortar was cast in Seville, Spain in 1724 and later used in Cuba. It was one of four captured guns given to the State of Michigan and is believed to be from Morro Castle. It was obtained by the Class of 1899 as a gift to the university to serve as a memorial to U-M men who fought in the Spanish-American War. The inscription reads: “Erected in honor of the U of M men who fought in the war against Spain—Class of ’99.” The mortar originally stood at the base of the flagpole, which had been acquired in 1898. Both flagpole and mortar were moved in 1918 when the old library was demolished to make way for the current Hatcher Library.