Civil War cannonball found in Philly historic area

This photograph provided by the Library of Virginia William Henry Taylor, left, and Stephen Stewart, members of the 11th Virginia Infantry.. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Library of Virginia)

This photograph provided by the Library of Virginia William Henry Taylor, left, and Stephen Stewart, members of the 11th Virginia Infantry.. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Library of Virginia)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A contractor grinding a tree stump in downtown Philadelphia's historic district has made a rare discovery.

Independence National Historical Park officials said Thursday that among the roots of the dead tree, the contractor found what appears to be a cannonball most likely linked to a Civil War recruitment camp that was at the site in 1862.

Park spokeswoman Jane Cowley tells KYW-AM (http://bitly.com/RYOKgY) it weighs about 3 pounds and measures roughly three inches across but it's kind of beat up from being underground for about 150 years.

As a precaution, the Philadelphia Police Department Bomb Squad checked out the object and said there was no danger to the public.


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