Live Civil War Shell Found in Wall

Construction workers have made an unusual find inside the wall of a Charles Town home: a live ten-pound Confederate artillery round.

American Public University System, which operates an online college primarily for the military, recently bought the home and construction crews found the ordnance while replacing siding and insulation. American Public facilities director Joseph Sladki says it was sitting on a sill plate.

Sladki says the round was given to the Jefferson County Museum, which plans to disarm it.

Jefferson County Historical Society board member Jim Glymph says the shell likely hit the house and stuck during a fight October 18, 1863, when Confederate Gen. John Imboden's artillery fired on the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Imboden was a Virginia lawyer and legislator.


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