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Civil War cannonball found in tree at historic Missouri home


Added 09-13-19 09:13:02pm EST - “The man hired to remove the tree made the discovery at the Overfelt-Johnston house in Independence, Mo. while he was chopping up the felled tree and the cannonball rolled out.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Civil War cannonball found in tree at historic Missouri home”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The man hired to remove the tree made the discovery at the Overfelt-Johnston house in Independence, Mo., while he was chopping up the felled tree and the cannonball rolled out.

“Because of where it was located at, the historical value of this piece — it was a surprise. But at the same time, it was, like, wow,” Jeff Eastham told KMBC News 9.

The first and second Battles of Independence occurred in 1862 and 1864. The Confederacy won both battles.

“It wasn’t the first cannonball we found on the property. When the property was restored in 1980. There was a cannonball that had been shot into the wall, just to the left of the upstairs window,” property owner Randall Pratt told the station.

“You never know what could have happened under this very tree. Some people could have been sleeping there peacefully, some people could have met an unfortunate end in this tree,” Smith said.

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