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Two cannonballs from the Civil War era were found on Folly Beach in South Carolina after Hurricane Dorian hit the east coast last week with strong winds and relentless rains

Hurricane Dorian exposes two cannonballs from the civil war era on a beach in South Carolina that served as the basis for the Union in the 1860s

  • Aaron Lattin and his girlfriend were hunting for sea shells on Folly Beach Island on Sunday when they saw the eight-inch cannonball and the three-inch shell
  • The items were excavated by wind and rain during Hurricane Dorian last week
  • Explosive experts came in to get the cannonballs out of the sand
  • They were probably hidden on Folly Beach Island for more than 150 years
  • Union troops arrived on Folly Beach Island in the middle of the civil war in 1863
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Hurricane Dorian & fierce winds and relentless rains uncovered a few cannonballs from the civil war on a beach in South Carolina.

Aaron Lattin and his girlfriend collected sea shells and artifacts on Folly Beach, near Charleston, on Sunday when they encountered the unexpected treasures – an eight-centimeter cannonball and a three-centimeter scale – with a pile of brush.

& # 39; At first we just thought it was a rock, but the more we looked, we realized it was more than a rock, & # 39; Lattin said WCSC.

The couple contacted the police and the area was closed off until explosives removal experts arrived at the Sheriff & # 39; s Office of Charleston County and the US Air Force.

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Two cannonballs from the Civil War era were found on Folly Beach in South Carolina after Hurricane Dorian hit the east coast last week with strong winds and relentless rains

Two cannonballs from the Civil War era were found on Folly Beach in South Carolina after Hurricane Dorian hit the east coast last week with strong winds and relentless rains

Aaron Lattin and his girlfriend were hunting for seashells and artifacts on Folly Beach on Sunday when they encountered the eight-inch cannonball and the three-inch shell with a pile of brush. The police blocked the area while explosives experts collected the weapons

Aaron Lattin and his girlfriend were hunting for seashells and artifacts on Folly Beach on Sunday when they encountered the eight-inch cannonball and the three-inch shell with a pile of brush. The police blocked the area while explosives experts collected the weapons

Aaron Lattin and his girlfriend were hunting for seashells and artifacts on Folly Beach on Sunday when they encountered the eight-inch cannonball and the three-inch shell with a pile of brush. The police blocked the area while explosives experts collected the weapons

Folly Beach Department of Public Safety Chief Andrew Gilreath said it took about six hours to get hold of the weapons to make sure it didn't pose a threat to beach goers.

The cannonballs were removed from the beach and are likely to be destroyed, Gilreath said.

They are thought to have been hidden in the sand for more than 150 years, dating from the 1860s.

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According to the town's website, the Union forces arrived on Folly Beach Island in the middle of the civil war in 1863. Troops were credited with turning the overgrown island into a habitable base by using roads, forts, an artillery battery and a supply depot. to build.

At its peak, the base could contain 13,000 troops and their equipment.

It was used as the Union's most important strategic basis for the struggle to bring Southern troops about 16 km north to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the civil war were fired on 12 April 1861.

The Union forces arrived on Folly Beach Island in 1863. It was used as the Union's main strategic basis for the struggle to take connected forces about 16 kilometers north at Fort Sumter (photo)

The Union forces arrived on Folly Beach Island in 1863. It was used as the Union's main strategic basis for the struggle to take connected forces about 16 kilometers north at Fort Sumter (photo)

The Union forces arrived on Folly Beach Island in 1863. It was used as the Union's main strategic basis for the struggle to take connected forces about 16 kilometers north at Fort Sumter (photo)

The first shots of the civil war were fired from Fort Sumter (photo) on 12 April 1861
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The first shots of the civil war were fired from Fort Sumter (photo) on 12 April 1861

The first shots of the civil war were fired from Fort Sumter (photo) on 12 April 1861

More than a century and a half later, the war remains continue to appear.

& # 39; This is something that has happened every few years since I have been here & # 39 ;, Gilreath said about Sunday's cannonball discovery.

& # 39; We will have some erosion on the beach and something will come to light. & # 39;

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In 2016, 16 cannonballs were found on Folly Beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Authorities said that hurricane erosion often digs up artifacts found that Sunday. A man walks on Folly Beach while Dorian passed on September 5

Authorities said that hurricane erosion often digs up artifacts found that Sunday. A man walks on Folly Beach while Dorian passed on September 5

Authorities said that hurricane erosion often digs up artifacts found that Sunday. A man walks on Folly Beach while Dorian passed on September 5

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