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Cannelton man finds Civil War artifact while working in sewers

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CANNELTON, IN (WFIE) -

What appears to be an historic discovery in Cannelton is a Civil War artifact found deep underground.

It's unknown for sure, but it appears to be a relic from the Civil War and it has a lot of people around Cannelton talking.

Shawn Fulkerson can tell you, when you explore city sewers for a living, you never know what you'll run into.

"I've found soccer balls, concrete blocks, cell phones," says Fulkerson.

Last week though, he made a discovery to top them all. Shawn was down an old sewer line clearing out a pipe when he discovered the artifact.

"The water washed all the debris away and there was a cannonball," says Shawn. "I had looked at pictures of them on the internet before and I was pretty sure that's what it was."

So once he made his discovery, he couldn't wait to show it off. But first, he had to get out of the sewer with the cannonball and a prybar. It wasn't easy, so he had to be hand-cranked out and when he made it up, it didn't take long for word to spread.

Cannelton Mayor Snyder says Shawn's find is making the rounds around Perry County.

"It's exciting, isn't it? To think you could actually find a memento from the Civil War days," says Snyder. "Had a neighbor from Tell City call me and tell me, 'Don't be drilling it in, and don't be standing on it because it just might explode.'"

"How it got there, Lord only knows," says Shawn.

That we'll likely never know, but Shawn's got an idea where this cannonball came from.

"There was supposed to have been a union gunboat firing back onto Hawesville," says Shawn. "And Hawesville had confederate troops trying to get over to take over the cotton mill."

However it happened, this history's buff just happy he's the one who happened upon it.

The cannonball is being turned over at the Cannelton City Council meeting and it'll go into the Perry County Museum.

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