Possible Civil War Cannonball Found In Craven County

What is believed to be a Civil War era cannonball found Monday afternoon in Craven County is being examined by explosive experts.

The cannonball was discovered by a highway crew working in Bridgeton. The DOT says a contractor on the Highway 17 project discovered the cannonball during a fine grading operation. It is likely the cannonball came from another location as the contractor had brought in fill dirt for that work.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit from Cherry Point was called in to remove the cannonball.

They are now making sure it won't explode and are trying to research exactly what it was used for and where it came from.

Cherry Point says they plan on preserving the cannonball, hoping to put it on display at the Air Station.


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  • by lol Location: ENC on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    "Authorities believe the civil war cannon ball was just fired today."
  • by SFelts Location: New bern on Sep 20, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    The thing is new Bern has a lot of History. However it's history is limited because of lack of the Leaders (town commissioners and county leaders) interest and support to do with anything with it. Sure we have the Palace. Wow that's a lot. Look at Charleston SC. Alive with History and a lot to do. There should be a Museum located near the actual battle site of the Battle Of New Bern and next year marks the 150th Anniversary of the battle. Do you hear of any reenactments commemorating the Battle? So a piece of history is found and it will silently vanish.
  • by John Location: Richlands on Sep 20, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    Some years ago one was found out near the K ranges in Verona Loop. I was called out there because EOD was working on it and it went off. Three were injured from it. One was the Corpsman. Hope these guys are safe with it. They can be very unstable.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    If they are worried about this cannonball exploding, what about all the cannonballs stuck in the sides of building?
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      by General DH HIll on Sep 20, 2011 at 06:18 PM in reply to
      The ones in the building are solid shot that will not explode, not a fused cannonball.
  • by Buda on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    Once the miltary gets hold of it it will never be seen again. Or, it will end up in some officers house.
  • by SFelts Location: New Bern on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    And why should this be put on display at Cherry Point? Should this not be donated to the New Bern Historical Society?
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      by Carl Kolchack on Sep 20, 2011 at 12:14 PM in reply to SFelts
      I have to say I agree with you...if the person who actually found it and recognized it for what it was doesn't want it, the next one in line should be Bridgeton and Craven Co.
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        by fred on Sep 20, 2011 at 08:47 PM in reply to Carl Kolchack
        I watched hundreds of Civil War cannon balls being deactivated in Charleston years ago by the Navy EOD unit there. Black powder no matter how old is dangerous. they checked the fusing, they used a band saw hooked up with a water hose abd sawed them in half then scraped out the black powder let it dry in the sun then burned it, It always burned, so if inside the iron ball if it id dry it can be detonated and some of the old percussion fuses still function being made with lead.
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