Blast From the Past

In October a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crew was performing maintenance at a navigational aid on the bank of the Mississippi River across from Cooper Consolidated’s Darrow fleet and Mile 175 when they discovered a Civil War era cannonball in the mud. The USCB team transported the cannonball to a local Civil War museum to learn more about the relic. The museum curator determined that the cannonball had been used in the Battle of Donaldsonville in 1863. The USCG team is working in conjunction with the museum to preserve the cannonball and place it on display.