From the March 23, 2016, WECT 6 NBC News (Wilmington, N.C.) "Cannon found in downtown Wilmington likely dates back to the 1700s" by Brandon Wissbaum.
The Assistant Site Manager at Fort Fisher State Historic Site says that finding it is exciting, but not an entirely uncommon things thanks to the rich history of the Cape Fear region.
"That cannon which is just a rusty piece of iron right now could have an opportunity to talk about various different stories of our region,' Mosely said.
Chris Southerly, Assistant State Archaeologist based at Fort Fisher says the cannon most likely is from an English ship dating from 1700 to 1750. It may have been used for backfill to build up Water Street. Experts will clean and analyze the cannon, which is small, at Fort Fisher before determining whether or not to put it on display. This is a process that could take several years as it is very encrusted.
The construction crew is digging much more carefully after the discovery.
Not Likely a Civil War Cannon. --Old B-Runner