Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cannonball House

The Cannonball House is one of the buildings that was hit by Union artillery during the July 30, 1864 battle. It is worth a visit because it seems like the house is a repository for Macon's Civil War items.

The cannonball in question first hit the sidewalk out front, then bounced into the house, striking a front column along the way.

The guide said the cannonball came to a rest in this hallway. The bump is visible in person but not in this picture.

The fencing in front of the house was manufactured by the Findlay Foundry, which operated as the Macon Arsenal during the war. The fence itself used to surround the Findlay estate.

In the front yard is this cannon which was made at the Macon Arsenal and shipped out for field service on April 14, 1864.

Finally in the summer kitchen is this old plaque indicating a hotel that Jefferson Davis was held at following his capture in Irwinville. The guide said that the hotel was demolished, the plaque was brought here for safekeeping and was never put back up. I guess the owners of the new building did not want a Confederate plaque on their walls.

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