Following the wrath of Hurricane Dorian, the wild climate exposed two historical objects on a famous South Carolina beach.
A spokesman for the town of Folly Beach told Fox News that some shell hunters had detected a suspicious item in the area of the old coast guard base at the eastern end of the beach, being two cannon balls of the civil war .
"It has been reported as a potentially unexplored older device," he explained via e-mail. "Based on our policy, we have informed the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team of Charleston County who also responded and assisted in informing the military EOD team.
"It has been determined that it is a cannon ball (a larger 20 cm shell and a 7.5 cm shell)", the spokesman added. "We have been informed that the EOD military team will take care of the disposal of the order."
Folly Beach is located on Folly Island, a barrier island near Charleston.
During the civil war, the area was occupied by Union troops since 1863, according to the city's website. The troops have passed the "jungle-like foliage" to build roads, fortresses and an artillery battery. "Eventually Folly Island had the capacity to hold up to 13,000 troops and their equipment," says the city, adding that the island was used as a base for the battle to resume Fort Sumter.
This is not the first time that Civil War cannonballs have been found on a Folly Island Beach. LiveScience reports that a pile of 16 corroded devices was discovered following Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
The sites and artifacts of the civil war of the time regularly offer new insights into the bloody conflict. A tombstone from the civil war linked to the infamous Quantrill Raid, for example, was recently discovered in a Kansas forest.
At the beginning of this year, Delaware archaeologists have identified the gravestone of a civil war soldier who could provide a vital clue to discover a long-lost African American cemetery.
Experts working on a property near Frankford, in Sussex County, found the plaque bearing the name "CS Hall" and the details "Co. K, 32nd USCT." This refers to the K company of the 32nd colored troop American, which was a designation for African American soldiers, according to the Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs Division.
The site is known to the local community as containing the remains of African-Americans who lived in the area, officials say.
Other discoveries of the civil war have also been made in recent years. Last year, for example, the remains of two civil war soldiers were discovered in a surgeon's burial pit in the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. Also in 2018, a vacationer on a North Carolina beach captured drone footage of a shipwreck of the civil war era.
In 2017, forensic linguists claimed to have probably unraveled the mystery surrounding a famous letter from the civil war era, which is long believed to have been written by President Abraham Lincoln.
In 2015, the remains of a Confederate warship were collected by the Savannah River in Georgia. The following year, the wreck of a large steamer of the iron hull civil war was discovered off the coast of North Carolina. The ship, which was found off the coast of Oak Island, to the northeast, was provisionally identified as the runner of the Agnes E. Fry block.
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