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Authentic Civil War Artillery Shells & Cannonballs
Early Style 3 Inch Hotchkiss Shell With Partial Percussion Fuse Remaining
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Here we have an original Hotchkiss pattern cannon shell for the Civil War 3 inch rifled cannon. This one is the early pattern has the smooth sided nose without the flame grooves. At the top of the shell it has a portion of the Hotchkiss pattern percussion fuse still present. When it was fired from the cannon it threw the iron base cup and lead sabot as so often happened. As you can see, it damaged the fuse and chipped off some of the iron on the top by the force of striking it's target. This artifact was found years ago in the area of Port Hudson, Louisiana. During the Civil War Port Hudson was one of the most important strategic sites in the Western Theater of operations. For 48 days in 1863 the area was under siege by the Union artillery. The reason that the Confederates fought so desperately to hold the area is that they knew when it fell into the Union hands that the North would have control of the Mississippi River. This is one of the cannon projectiles that were fired during the fierce fighting and siege of Port Hudson. This is your chance to own a piece of history from one of the most significant battles of the Civil War.

Item #: B369
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