Saturday, April 26, 2008

What a Ball & Chain!


I grew up in south Alabama near the area where the Battle of Mobile Bay took place. My brother and I found many bullets and and uniform buttons on the property we lived on.

23 comments:

Rick said...

Pleeeese go purchase a metal detector and have a field day with it there! I would love to dig and search. No telling what else you might find.

deborah wilson said...

Oou. I'll have to look this up over the weekend.

Alan said...

Whereabouts is that located? Judging by the description on the marker I assume it came off of a Union mortar ship in the river mentioned. There was one bigger than this outside of Charleston - the largest mortar of the war - nicknamed the "Swamp Angel" that as absolutely huge - so big and heavy that it eventually broke its mount and was useless...

diXymiss said...

Such rich history in these piX. Neat story about finding artifacts ~ bullet, buttons and such. Cool!

Ida said...

It must have been exciting, back then.... :)

Old Wom Tigley said...

Some folk talk about the USA having no history..they ought to read a few of the blogs I read to see thats so not true.. Great post Dot..
Sky Watch blasted past 150 this week.. you came up with a cracker there Dot.
I have to say that I do like you picture blog as well.

gaz said...

great piece of history dot. it's amazing to think that thing would reach over 2 miles...

i love your alien spacecraft skywatch post :-]

inspired said...

Hi Dot
i've closed THE SALEMS blog but i'm starting a new one.

mrsnesbitt said...

Wow! As children I would think you were in your element!

June said...

This thing looks as heavy as I'm sure it is. I can't imagine anybody or any horse lugging it around. How strange it must be to know that you're walking on ground that was once a battlefield.

Abraham Lincoln said...

In those days this was the ultimate in artillery. That shell, upon exploding in the air, would have rained down pellets that would shred any and everything. You would not be safe in a trench.

judy said...

Oh what fun you and your brother must have had growing up.

The Texican said...

Isn't that just like a Yankee, putting a chain on their cannon ball so no one will steal it. Don't they know it will come right back when they fire that thing. Go figure. How did they win the war?

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh wow that thing is huge and the weight is remarkable. how i would love to find old buttons, yrs ago i collected buttons. Don't know what happened to them now

USAincognito said...

Isn't history just fascinating?!?

Carletta said...

That's huge!
Great post Dot.

Marie said...

Interesting history!

Sheila said...

I would have great fun along with you looking for artifacts when I was a kid.
This is quite a piece of equipment. I had to laugh at the comment about the cannonball being on a chain..
xx

Your EG Tour Guide said...

When the Civil War was raging, my little town was being settled by Quakers from the Pennsylvania area, so your part of the U,S. and my part of Canada were both affected by that war.

I'd be very excited to find old, old buttons

Rambling Round said...

Neat! My kids found a Civil War bullet in our backyard when they were young. The Yankees drove right down the road near our house.

fishing guy said...

Dot: This is a really cool war monument.

Paulie said...

That's an interesting piece of history!

Max-e said...

Must have been quite some battle to leave all that debris - what a sad time in your history.
That mortar looks like a mean piece of weaponry.

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