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Live Civil War cannonball found. Post a coin from 1864.

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From NBC News...

A bomb squad safely deactivated a live Civil War-era piece of ammunition after it was discovered in Maryland last week.

A homeowner contacted the state’s fire marshal after being given what seemed to be an unexploded cannonball that a family member found near the Monocacy Battlefield in Frederick, about 50 miles west of Baltimore. Officials confirmed that the explosive was live.

Bomb technicians moved the cannonball to Beaver Creek Quarry in Hagerstown, where they conducted “an emergency disposal,” according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

“As proven today, the finding of military ordnance from the Civil War is not uncommon in Maryland, and these devices pose the same threat as the day they were initially manufactured,” the fire marshal’s office said.

The battle of Monocacy occurred in 1864. Post a coin from 1864.

The cannonball.


  • Mdcoincollector2003Mdcoincollector2003 Posts: 665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Been to that battle field a few times. Nice park.

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,022 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 29, 2021 9:09AM

    Thankfully no one got hurt with it

  • HoledandCreativeHoledandCreative Posts: 2,620 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @WinLoseWin said:

    This one must have got hit in the explosion.


    Looks like a Small Motto to me.

  • fastfreddiefastfreddie Posts: 2,656 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Lakesammman said:
    Learned something from the post - I thought they were just big chunks of metal - not live ordinance!

    They used both solid shot to smash and hollow shells that smashed and exploded with a delayed fuse. The shells would fragment from the explosion, filled with powder and other shot or fragments.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have a couple of cannon balls I found along the Hudson River... These were solid, not designed to explode. I still have them....along with a great arrow point I found at the same time. The Hudson was a prime water way in the early years, and skirmishes were many. Cheers, RickO

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  • jdimmickjdimmick Posts: 9,542 ✭✭✭✭✭

    When I was younger, My ex brother in law(civil war detectorist) had a buddy that defused these, I believe he used to slowly drill these under water, but tis still extremely dangerous. They used to turn up from time to time in this area due to the arsenal in town. I havent heard as many turning up in recent years around here,

  • winestevenwinesteven Posts: 3,745 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jdimmick said:
    When I was younger, My ex brother in law(civil war detectorist) had a buddy that defused these, I believe he used to slowly drill these under water, but it’s still extremely dangerous.

    This reminds me of the story of the two local town idiots. They came across three live hand grenades in the park. One asked the other “What should we do?” The other answered “Let’s bring them over to the local police station”. As they’re carefully carrying them over to the police station, one asks the other “What should we do if one of them explodes?” The other one says “We’ll lie! We’ll tell them there were only two!” 😂

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