Thursday, December 8, 2011

Macon, Georgia's Cannonball House-- Part 1

A few months ago, I wrote about problems regarding the collection at the Cannonball House in Macon, Georgia. Here is some more information about it as provided by Dale Cox in his Explore Southern History Blog an excellent source for history. he also has several other blogs, including my favorite one about the Civil War in Florida, an oft-overlooked aspect of the war. He has also written several Civil War books.

A cannonball fired by Union batteries crashed into the house during the Battle of Dunlap Hill on July 30, 1862. It was fired from across the Ocmulgee River and struck the left middle column out front of the mansion before crashing into the house and landing on the hall floor.

This was part of the intentional firing on civilian targets by Union Brigadier General George Stoneman. His expedition was an attempt to rescue Union prisoners from Camp Oglethorpe and Camp Sumter at Andersonville.

More to Come. --Old B-Runner

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