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Civil War cannonball believed to have been shot by Union soldiers is found inside a diseased 100-foot tree after it's cut down in Missouri A civil war-era canon ball was found inside a diseased, 100-foot walnut tree in Independence, Missouri while it was being cut down The tree stood outside the Overfelt-Johnston House, which was used during the war and is across the street from the First Battle of Independence in 1862 Fourteen people were killed and 18 wounded in a fight between 800 mounted Confederates who overpowered 350 Union soldiers Canon balls also were fired into the historic house, which was built around 1850 by flour miller John A. Overfelt, says its current owner, Randall Pratt

By Ralph R. Ortega For Dailymail.com

Published: 00:27 BST, 14 September 2019 | Updated: 13:35 BST, 14 September 2019

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A Civil War-era cannonball was found lodged inside a diseased, 100-foot walnut tree when it was cut down outside a historic house in Missouri, providing evidence of a battle lost by Union soldiers to the Confederate Army.

The handball-sized cannonball emerged when Jeff's Tree Service was called in to bring down the sickly tree on the grounds of the Overfelt-Johnston House in Independence.

Jeff Eastham, who runs the service, was splitting logs from the tree when he stumbled on the cannonball.  

The cannonball emerged when Jeff's Tree Service was called in to bring down the sickly tree (above) on the grounds of the Overfelt-Johnston House in Independence, Missouri

The cannonball emerged when Jeff's Tree Service was called in to bring down the sickly tree (above) on the grounds of the Overfelt-Johnston House in Independence, Missouri

Jeff Eastham (above), who runs Jeff's Tree Service, was splitting logs from the tree when he stumbled on the cannonball

Jeff Eastham (above), who runs Jeff's Tree Service, was splitting logs from the tree when he stumbled on the

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