Description: Cannonball and washer. Written on the cannonball: AC 71-97.
Description: Historical Note: During the middle of the 1860s, there was a Confederate Ordnance Plant in Houston, at the mouth of Buffalo Bayou, which manufactured powder, cannon, and shot for guns and cannon. Near the end of the war, when surrender of the South seemed eminent, rather than have the facility fall into the hands of the North, the owners blew up the plant and threw the cannon, powder and shot into the Bayou. In about 1958, during dredging operations in the ship channel, these relics were discovered and ordered destroyed. Many conservationists objected and some of the shot and cannon balls were salvaged for Texas museums. Several organizations bid for the cannon but it is not known who received it. This is a live cannon ball containing gunpowder.
Citation information: ATF0182, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Size or duration: cannonball: 3.5 in diameter; metal plate: 2.5 in diameter