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Artillery shell fragment from the East Woods, Antietam (SOLD)

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This is another nice piece, it is a Civil War artillery shell fragment that measures approximately 3 ½” x 2”. It is from an exploded Union 3” Schenkl shell. This section is marked with “East Woods / Antietam”, the location of where it was found.

The Battle of Antietam was a scene of chaos and violence on September 17th, 1862, especially in the area known as the “East Woods”. A soldier from the 8th Ohio Infantry (Burnside’s Corps) described the fighting in the East Woods the night before the battle:

“Nothing could have been more grand.  The red glare of flame along the Rebel line for more than a mile, the bright streams of light along the track of the shell, and the livid clouds of smoke as the shell burst in the air, constituted a spectacle brilliant beyond comparison.”

This interesting example has a light coating of varnish for preservation and remains solid with no chipping or flaking. A great piece from a very significant area of the bloodiest day in America’s history.

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