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Artillery shell fragment from Trostle Farm, Gettysburg (SOLD)

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This is a great piece being offered, it is the nose section of a 3-inch Parrott/Read Shell. It measures 3” x 2 ¾” and the fuse threads are still visible. It was recovered about 300 yards north of the famous Trostle House and barn (see period photograph).

Major General Daniel Sickles used the farm as his headquarters after he advanced his Third Army Corps to the line of the Emmitsburg Road on July 2nd. He was wounded in the field to the west of the barn, where a monument now stands.

The Trostles were abruptly forced from their home during the fighting, leaving dinner on the table, which was enjoyed by Sickles’ staff. Like many of their neighbors, the Trostles returned to find most of their belongings looted or destroyed.

The 9th Massachusetts Battery had fought a desperate last stand on their farm, with at least sixteen dead battery horses just in the front yard and over a hundred on the farm. Damage to property and real estate was estimated at $2,500 in a claim filed after the war, but it appears no compensation was ever paid.

This is truly a historic piece and was once part of the famous Iva Rosensteel Gettysburg collection. Artifacts from the Trostle Farm are very rare and highly sought after.

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