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    A great story and a chance to recover a wonderful civil war relic. Any thoughts?

    Hey guys and girls! My team(mom, dad, self lol) have been hitting our civil war bushwacker spot as often as we can. We've pulled lots of fired and dropped bullets, buttons and other relics. My dad took one of his bullets to work and was showing his crew. One guy struck up a conversation with him about an old family story. As it was told... The guys 2xgreat? Grandfather had found a cannonball near Asheville NC DURING the civil war. No mention of whether this was a fired ball, left behind, given as a gift etc. Either way, he was just a kid and his mother would not let him bring it in the house... she swore it would blow them all up. Having no option, he stuck it in the barn. The family lives on the property to this day. The guy on my dads crew told him the most recent chapter in the story of this cannonball. In the 1980's the guys dad has the cannonball, and it's still not allowed in the house. There is a small pond on the property and a blue heron had died near the water. He wanted to keep the skeleton, so he layed it flat between chicken wire, buried it and set the cannonball on top to mark the spot. After eventually digging up the skeleton, he attempted to put the cannonball on the mantle of the house. While he was at work, his wife realized it was there and told her oldest son to get rid of it. She was also afraid it was "gonna blow em all up!" The teenager took the ball and tossed it into the center of the pond... and there it sits to this day. My dad asked if we could try to fish it out and we now have permission to attempt to get this cannonball. I love the story and a local cannonball would be a GREAT addition to our collection! Here are the facts as we know them. The ball is between the size of a baseball and a softball, VERY heavy for the size and supposed to be a SOLID ball, no holes Marks etc(all from memory). The pond is about 8ft deep and about small in diameter. He said our 2 kayaks would take up most the area of the surface. We have already come up with an idea to build a digging/scooping tool that I just finished. Think of the tool you see hanging on the side of a pool, long bent looped hook on a 12' pole. I bent a piece of rebar to accommodate something about the size of a baseball/softball and it has a nice bend. I'll snap a pic in my shop in the morning, this is obviously a late night write up, lol. We both also have very powerful fishing magnets and the already mentioned kayaks. I'd like to hear any suggestions, game plans, ideas, anything that could help. The only stipulation we have is we have to do this while his parents are away this September... because his mom is scared we are going to get blown up, lol! I know it's happened before and is NOT funny, but this is supposed to be a solid shot cannonball. The only cannons I can see spending any time in Asheville (per my research)were 2 napoleon cannons. From what I understand they shoot a 12lb, 4.5"+/- diameter ball? I believe there are lots of sizes, but I believe the 12lb were the size of the 2 in Asheville NC. I'm going to snap a pic of my tool I created and I'll post it in the morning. I believe it will work well for finding and possibly even retrieving the ball honestly. I have more rod to bend, so I plan to make a few different shapes and sizes in case the ball is a different size etc. This is just a crazy adventure that fell into our lap. I know a cannonball isn't the craziest find, but a local one with this story is absolutely priceless to me. I appreciate any input. I've already volunteered to enter the water, but I believe our goal is to stay dry as possible lol. This will definitely be posted here and documented on YouTube when it happens... you may provide the advice that scores us the ball! Thanks in advance for any input I receive!
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    Looking forward to the pics and updates. Be safe.
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    After you get the cannon ball I d be asking permission to search the property, might find the cannon and more cannon balls
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    Good luck with your quest. I hope you can locate it.
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    The magnet will get it...
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    I have faith in the magnet too! Just wondering if we have a hard clay bottom, rocks, 3ft of mud... not really sure yet. We do have permission to also metal detect the property. There was lots of civil war goings on in the area, and I always love a private permission! If great great GPA stashed a cannon ball, maybe he hos some silver or gold too! We will see. Pics of my tool incoming...
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    The ball in the pic is slightly SMALLER than a baseball. For reference. This tool is attached to a rod that can be extended 4' at a time to a total length of 12' plus the 18" hook/scoop. Lots of reach. I plan to make a few more shapes and sizes to switch out if we need them. Doesnt take much to heat up the bar and bend it into place. Hopefully this pic shows what I'm going for. As stated before, if we can locate the ball I think the magnets will be more than enough. Unless the ball is deep in mud, the magnets would probably find it easiest too. This is happening and I WILL post back. Any more advice is welcome!
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    Excellent story! If the pond is that small then it shouldn't be too hard to find... but then again I think of how hard it can be to get a stubborn coin out of a hole in the ground... it might take awhile! This is the cannon ball from hell (it just won't go away!) I wish you the best and would love to see a picture if / when you find it!
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    Oh it will be posted! My mom is planning a YouTube video around the whole story and our trip out to look etc. I know what you mean about a coin in a hole, lol! Hopefully the pond has a hard clay bottom with no rocks, lol! It will be fun to drag the magnet through there anyway, and I'm excited to metal detect the property that's been in their family for generations. These are some very interesting folks, I can only imagine what has been tossed in the pond over the years lol.
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    Hope you post the find soon good luck

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