Joshua Jones was dismantling his porch step when he found a granite slab underneath.
"I could see the tip of it sticking up, and I said, 'God, I have a headstone in my backyard,'" Jones recalled. "Please don't let me find a grave."
Fearing what he might find, Jones took a hose to the dirt-encrusted chunk -- and let out his breath.[Thanks, William!]
The water revealed a marker chiseled with "United States Military Academy" and "Stewart Field, West Point, N.Y.," and the names of a general and two colonels.
His porch step, it appeared, had historical significance. [Link]