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  • Lady Farm, Gettysburg

Artillery shell fragment from the Lady Farm, Gettysburg (ON HOLD, DP)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is an artillery shell fragment measuring approximately 2 ½” x 2”. It appears to be part of the middle section from a Union 3” Schenkl shell - where the rim of the wider nose begins (see pictures). This piece was recovered by Mike Conklin over 20 years ago in Gettysburg at the Daniel Lady Farm on the Hanover Road just east of the town of Gettysburg.

On July 1st, the farm was occupied by Confederate troops during the first day’s battle. Confederate General Richard Ewell used the home as his headquarters and with generals Early and Johnson, planned a bombardment of the Union lines. The Army of Northern Virginia used the stone farmhouse and barn located on the property as a field hospital, although wounded soldiers from both sides of the fighting were treated there.

The farm was bombarded with shells that were fired from Union artillery on Culp's Hill, Power's Hill and Cemetery Hill. The fragment has been cleaned and a light coat of varnish applied for preservation. I’ve been in the house and barn and would highly recommend a visit when in Gettysburg. It is also the home of The Battlefield Preservation Association, which I am a member.  

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