J.D.R. Hawkins

One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

What’s Old is New (Or Newly Discovered)


The past always has a way of coming back to haunt us. Reminders are constantly sent, and Civil War era relics are no exception. The most recent discovery occurred yesterday in Atlanta.

While packing up a house, movers discovered a cannonball that seemed to be authentic, so they contacted local authorities. Sure enough, the cannonball, with its fuse still attached, was authentic. The bomb squad took it to a former shooting range, where it was detonated at about 6 p.m. As of today, it hadn’t been determined whether the cannonball contained a live round or a dummy round.

A few years ago, a friend of mine asked if what he had found on his father’s property in Mississippi was a cannonball. He had been using it as a doorstop. The Civil War cannonball wasn’t live, but it was definitely authentic. He had no idea what he had discovered, which just goes to show, you never know what you might discover in your own backyard.

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