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This canister ball uncovered at the Battle of Moore's Mill is an example of a popular anti-personnel amunition fired from cannons in the Civil War. Canister shot fired several small metal balls, effectively turning a cannon into a large shotgun.

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Weekend dig in Calwood uncovers troop placement during Moore’s Mill

As Mike Kisling and Westminster student Chris Leonard dig for treasure through the soft ground here with a spade and a small metal detector early Friday afternoon, they’re not searching for gold: They hope to strike lead.


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