Staff Report for Island Eye News
When the Isle of Palms executed a successful off-shore dredging project in 2008, a Civil War cannonball was dredged onto the beach. This relic from the past created a lot of excitement! It was evaluated by SWAT team members and a historian from Fort Moultrie. Deemed safe, the cannonball went through an extensive restoration process that was completed in 2015. National Park Service Historian Richard W. Hatcher III determined the cannonball was likely fired from a Columbiad cannon during the Civil War. At approximately 10 inches in diameter and 128 pounds, a 20 pound charge of black powder would have fire the cannonball about 5,600 yards or just over 3 miles.
City Council decided that this important part of history should be displayed as a source of pride for residents and visitors. Planning, research and display case construction were initiated in 2015 and the cannon ball is scheduled for display at the Recreation Center starting Jan. 20.
The cannon ball display is part of the Isle of Palms History Month, hosted by the Recreation Department. It features two events, the first on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m., where Tommy Hartnett and Wendy Nilsen will talk about the History of the Island and some of their experiences.
On Wednesday, Jan. 27 also at 5:30 p.m., several “old” island kids will sit around the table and talk about their experiences and adventures while growing up on the Island. Also, throughout the month a DVD of the 50th Anniversary that was held in 2003 will play in the lobby of the Recreation Department. MMG Productions also have provided a DVD with testimonies and stories from Island residents to include Nick Sottile, Mary Ellen Way, Bill Casey, Helen Clarkin, Clay Cable, Catherine Carroll and many others.
Call the Isle of Palms Recreation Department for more information, 843.886.8294.