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Authentic Civil War Artillery Shells & Cannonballs
Petersburg Found Confederate 3 Inch Smooth Sided Read Shell
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This is a great looking Confederate artillery shell. It is an original 3 inch version of the smooth sided Confederate Read shell. They look very similar to the Union Parrott shells with a couple of major differences. At the top of the shell it has the purely Confederate copper time fuse holder that is in excellent shape. On the top of the iron body of the shell you can see the lathe dog knob that sticks out. The lathe dog was a small knob that came out of the side of the shell. It was used to turn the shell in the lathe for the final finishing of the iron. This one has an excellent and complete iron sabot intact. You can clearly see the lands and grooves in the iron where it was fired out of the rifled cannon. You can see the chips out of the shell base where it blew off when it was fired. The shell has been nicely cleaned and coated for display and preservation. What is neat about this shell is that we know exactly where it was dug and by whom. This one was recovered by John Biemeck and is accompanied by his documentation on the find. Biemeck is a retired U.S. Army Colonel in the Ordnance Corps. He states that he recovered the piece at the location of an engagement that was held as part of the Petersburg battle in 1864 as part of the Vaughan Road Battle. It has lots of documentation on the shell itself as well as the battle that will accompany the shell. This is a great looking and purely Confederate artillery shell.

Item #: B1629
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