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Old 08-25-2013, 03:43 AM   #16281
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That's pretty awesome! I'd love to find a cannon ball! Was the rifles all rusted away?
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Gotta link?

Civil War, or modern rifles? That's pretty cool either way! The cannon ball would be a neat decoration for a man cave. Was it intact?
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The rifles were mostly completely rusted away, with no wood. Nowhere near any restorable condition. We believe them to be civil war era, as there were several minor skirmishes fought in the area (central Mississippi) and a few bigger battles. One appeared to be a muzzle loading type, with a side hammer, and the other appears to be a falling block design. I've posted pictures here in the past asking if anyone could make a wild assed guess as to what they were, based on the region and assumed era, but there just wasn't enough to go on. I believe we got the falling block narrowed down to a Remington model, but I'm not sure if I remember correctly. A cousin has carted them off to a civil war historian just recently, and we haven't heard anything yet, or he couldn't make a clear decision.

The cannonball was lost along with many other things in my divorce. I had a ton of stuff in a storage unit, but most of it belonged to my ex, or was stuff I hadn't even seen in years, so I just stopped making the rent payment on it and let it all go. I had bigger fish to fry. It was about the size of my fist. I guess a six pounder? That's what it felt like, but it's not like I ever put it on a scale.
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Pontiac went out in 2010. Oldsmobile went out in 2004. Mercury went in 2011.
Don't forget Plymouth went away in 2001
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Having worked for dodge, I was told that the foreign market basically just spanked our asses on the compact trucks. Which I find interesting, considering the foreign compact trucks are getting bigger and biggerer... the tundra used to be smaller than an F150, about halfway between it and the ranger... yet now, by sheer size alone (not knowing all the power and capacity specs), it's about the same size a as a 3/4 ton truck.

It was never intended as a compact truck to my knowledge though. Yet the tacoma is also growing. And it WAS intended for the compact truck market. Now it's sized similarly to a half ton truck.

On another note, since this is the pics thread, someone tell me what's wrong with this statement.



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very true. many of the Plymouth models got rebadged as Dodges. they pretty much just eliminated the name.
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The rifles were mostly completely rusted away, with no wood. Nowhere near any restorable condition. We believe them to be civil war era, as there were several minor skirmishes fought in the area (central Mississippi) and a few bigger battles. One appeared to be a muzzle loading type, with a side hammer, and the other appears to be a falling block design. I've posted pictures here in the past asking if anyone could make a wild assed guess as to what they were, based on the region and assumed era, but there just wasn't enough to go on. I believe we got the falling block narrowed down to a Remington model, but I'm not sure if I remember correctly. A cousin has carted them off to a civil war historian just recently, and we haven't heard anything yet, or he couldn't make a clear decision.

The cannonball was lost along with many other things in my divorce. I had a ton of stuff in a storage unit, but most of it belonged to my ex, or was stuff I hadn't even seen in years, so I just stopped making the rent payment on it and let it all go. I had bigger fish to fry. It was about the size of my fist. I guess a six pounder? That's what it felt like, but it's not like I ever put it on a scale.
It might be worthwhile to get a good high-quality metal detector and search around your grandparents old place (if its still accessible). You never know what might turn up!

I heard about an exploding CW cannonball that was found and the powder was still viable!
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It might be worthwhile to get a good high-quality metal detector and search around your grandparents old place (if its still accessible). You never know what might turn up!

I heard about an exploding CW cannonball that was found and the powder was still viable!
My parents bought a metal detector just because of this, but never even got around to taking it out of the box. Now my sister has it...and it's still in its box...

Sadly, our old family land has been eaten by the coal mine my mom works for. We (they, her and my step dad) intend to buy most of it back. When the mine shuts down, or shuts down a section, the land goes up for auction. Mine employees get first refusal. It's an understood "gentleman's agreement" that family land is only bid on by the original family heirs, keeping the price down to nearly nothing and letting them have their heritage back. People who've violated this unspoken arrangement have so far been met with hospital bills. Bad enough the mine got their hands on it, but the people won't allow another person to try to snatch it from under you again, or drive up the price you'll have to pay on what shoulda been yours to begin with.

The money used to purchase the land from my family has been sitting in an account for 15 years now, drawing interest. The royalties off the coal were added to it when that pay out came around. Plus any extra money that was saved.

Over the years, these thousand acres and change my family owned (originally possessed back in the late 1800's) were split up and sub divided amongst various family members. Most of them did nothing with it, but negotiated for the highest price they could when the mine came in, and don't want anything to do with it when they're done. My mom and step dad intend to get back as much as they can. I believe the original deeds accounted for around 1300 acres.

My family were the ones responsible for gathering castoffs to clothe slaves for a few plantations way back when (almost literally lower than the slaves themselves, and often treated just as harshly, and sometimes worse). After emancipation, with the earliest advents of share cropping (basically another form of slavery, with better treatment) my ancestors of the time were one of the extreme few who ever managed to make something of the situation, working for the landowners, and began buying up wooded land with the intent of having their own plantation. Fluctuations in the cotton market killed that dream, but left them with a good bit of completely wild and undeveloped land. One of the original men (a great, great grand uncle or some such), never even laid eyes on it before dying and passing it to his brother, one of my direct ancestors. That's just how untamed the land was back then, they couldn't even get to it in any easy manner to see it.
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My parents bought a metal detector just because of this, but never even got around to taking it out of the box. Now my sister has it...and it's still in its box...

Sadly, our old family land has been eaten by the coal mine my mom works for. We (they, her and my step dad) intend to buy most of it back. When the mine shuts down, or shuts down a section, the land goes up for auction. Mine employees get first refusal. It's an understood "gentleman's agreement" that family land is only bid on by the original family heirs, keeping the price down to nearly nothing and letting them have their heritage back. People who've violated this unspoken arrangement have so far been met with hospital bills. Bad enough the mine got their hands on it, but the people won't allow another person to try to snatch it from under you again, or drive up the price you'll have to pay on what shoulda been yours to begin with.

The money used to purchase the land from my family has been sitting in an account for 15 years now, drawing interest. The royalties off the coal were added to it when that pay out came around. Plus any extra money that was saved.

Over the years, these thousand acres and change my family owned (originally possessed back in the late 1800's) were split up and sub divided amongst various family members. Most of them did nothing with it, but negotiated for the highest price they could when the mine came in, and don't want anything to do with it when they're done. My mom and step dad intend to get back as much as they can. I believe the original deeds accounted for around 1300 acres.

My family were the ones responsible for gathering castoffs to clothe slaves for a few plantations way back when (almost literally lower than the slaves themselves, and often treated just as harshly, and sometimes worse). After emancipation, with the earliest advents of share cropping (basically another form of slavery, with better treatment) my ancestors of the time were one of the extreme few who ever managed to make something of the situation, working for the landowners, and began buying up wooded land with the intent of having their own plantation. Fluctuations in the cotton market killed that dream, but left them with a good bit of completely wild and undeveloped land. One of the original men (a great, great grand uncle or some such), never even laid eyes on it before dying and passing it to his brother, one of my direct ancestors. That's just how untamed the land was back then, they couldn't even get to it in any easy manner to see it.
That would be awesome to get the land back in the family. Has the mining operation affected that land at all?
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That looks like it would be lots of fun to shoot, and comfortable other than the noise. I wonder what caliber it is.

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