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Mary Owen and Frank and Bobbie GalloVirginia’s Shadwell Chapter and New Jersey’s Jersey Blue Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) found a historic preservation connection through a Revolutionary War cannonball.

Shadwell came into possession of the solid cast iron two-and-a-half-pound cannonball through Regent Bobbie Gallo’s husband, Frank Gallo. The relic had been in his family since Frank Gallo’s grandfather dug it up on a job near New Brunswick, N.J. in 1920. It likely remained from the Battle of Bound Brook, N.J., in which a local force delayed the British attempt to surprise George Washington’s army long enough for Washington to mount a defense.

”This is a real relic of our nation’s history. I decided to return it to New Brunswick, N.J. through DAR,” said Frank Gallo.

Research found the closest New Jersey chapter was Jersey Blue. Bobbie Gallo contacted the chapter’s regent, Susan Luczu, to arrange an exchange. Thinking the cannonball deserved an appropriate mount, Bobbie Gallo tried the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. A piece of wood was obtained with special permission and certified, then created into a mount for the cannonball. A formal presentation of the cannonball and its mount was made May 20 at Glenmore Country Club near Charlottesville. Susan Luczu, now NJDAR Central District Director, and her husband, Lou, traveled to the formal exchange. Jersey Blue Chapter will display the cannonball in the Buccleuch Mansion Museum, built in 1739, which their chapter maintains.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organization. To learn more about the work of DAR visit www.DAR.org

To learn more about Shadwell Chapter, contact Regent Bobbie Lewis Gallo at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and 434-296-6605.