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  • Herr's Ridge, Gettysburg

Artillery shell fragment from Herr's Ridge, Gettysburg (SOLD)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a large artillery shell fragment from a 12-pounder spherical shell. It measures approximately 4” x 2 ¾” and was recovered by Gettysburg area resident Mike Rummel at Herr's Ridge on the First Day's battlefield at Gettysburg (see pictures). 

Early in the morning on Wednesday, July 1st, the Confederates marching towards town drove back the Union cavalry pickets. Union General John Buford had positioned his men along Herr’s Ridge to allow for a tactical fighting withdrawal, knowing the advancing Confederates seriously outnumbered his men. Buford strove to keep the Southerners from taking the high ground south of town as he waited for the arrival of Union infantry he knew to be close by.

Soon, from this same Herr’s Ridge, the men of Confederate General Henry Heth's Division would launch their first attack on the Northern lines. The men in gray would slowly push their blue-clad counterparts back towards McPherson Ridge before Union Major General Reynolds arrived on the field. Before day’s end, Buford's cavalrymen would suffer 127 casualties holding back their gray clad foes – General Reynolds would be killed.

The shell from which this fragment came was almost certainly fired on July 1st by Union artillery facing the Confederate advance from the west. This is a solid piece, with no rust or flaking. It has been treated with a light coat of varnish for preservation – a great piece of Gettysburg history. (SOLD)

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