MEMORY OF THE THIRTY YEARS WAR
With a weight of almost ten kilograms and a diameter of 13.5 centimeters, this cannonball from the Thirty Years War was shot into the city from a cannon. In the 1970s, the ball was found on a construction site near the Hanauer Tor, not far from the Löwen pharmacy.
A passerby named Johannes Benyskiewitz saw them first. He took it with him and handed it over to the town hall. From there she went to the homeland and history association. The small projectile (3.1 centimeters in diameter) probably came from the defenders and thus from a Swedish musket. The proof is that it was found in 1949 on the premises of Amtsgasse 60, which at that time was still a garden. The distance of 150 to 200 meters corresponds exactly to the range of the handguns of the time, so that it can be assumed that the projectile was fired from the battlements of the city wall.
Klaus Mohrhardt, a little boy from Babenhausen, discovered her while playing in the flower bed in his parents’ garden. At that time already interested in history, he knew very quickly that he was holding something special in his hands. He treated it with a rust remover and kept it on his desk for decades. When the museum opened, as a member of Schlossfreunde and the HGV, he was happy to make this extraordinary find from his childhood available to the museum as a permanent loan. The two spheres testify to the successful resistance of the residents of Babenhausen in 1635.