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  • Complete Hotchkiss shell (not included)
  • Period photograph of Spangler Farm

Artillery Hotchkiss base, Spangler Farm, Gettysburg, Rosensteel coll. (ON HOLD)

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This is another one of the Gettysburg pieces I am listing, it is the base of a U.S. Hotchkiss Artillery shell (see picture of a complete shell). It was recovered by local Gettysburg resident John Cullison between 1935 - 1959 at the Spangler Farm in Gettysburg.

On July 1, 1863 the entire property was converted into a field hospital for the 2nd Division of the 11th Union Army Corps—which later became the main hospital for all wounded corps. Reportedly, 1,800 Union soldiers and 100 Confederate soldiers were treated at the Spangler property by at least seven Federal surgeons.

After the battle, the Spangler’s’ farm and home were in shambles. The medical team and troops used the fence rails for fuel, the crops and hay to feed soldiers and animals, and lumber and shingles for hospital furniture, makeshift beds and coffins. Two hundred and five men died on the Spangler property. They were buried on the farm – Union and Confederates separated – later to be exhumed and reburied elsewhere.

This artifact went from John Cullison’s collection to the Gettysburg Rosensteel collection. The Rosensteel Collection is arguably the most famous collection of Gettysburg relics that have ever existed. John Rosensteel opened his Round Top Museum of Gettysburg artifacts in 1888. The collection, which grew in size as a variety of local collections, such as Cullison’s, was acquired and became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitor Center collection.

A 1964 advertisement for the Gettysburg National Museum (Electric Map Museum) notes that the John Cullison collection was part of the museum holdings. This Gettysburg artifact not only has wonderful provenance, but it was also found at one of the most famous locations on the battlefield.

I have had this piece in my private collection for several years and acquired it shortly after it was deacessed. Very few relics are available from the Spangler Farm. It is guaranteed 100% as to its authenticity and provenance. A signed and embossed Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artifact.  (guaranteed for life)


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