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Cannonball Found Near Centennial Park

8:12 AM, Jul 20, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) - A day after workers unearthed a cannonball from a construction site in downtown Atlanta, an expert on the American Civil War said there are at least two possible scenarios for how it got there.

 

The cannonball was found Thursday near Centennial Olympic Park. Police removed it so it could be detonated, but it was unclear late Friday if that had happened.

 

One theory: It was among an estimated 100,000 shells fired into Atlanta by the Union Army, as the city was under siege in 1864.

 

Gordon Jones, the Atlanta History Center's senior military historian and curator, said it could have been fired by federal soldiers outside the city in an effort to strike the railroad roundhouse, a key military target.

 

Or, it could have been a Confederate cannonball that was simply left behind.

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