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Base of an Artillery Dyer Shell from Chancellorsville (SOLD)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is the base of a Civil War Dyer artillery shell. The diameter is 3” and it stands 2” high. Federal Dyer shells had four flame grooves cast into the lead sabot. The digger marked the bottom of this shell with the recovery site “12th Corp / Chancellorsville”.

The Battle of Chancellorsville, fought from April 30 to May 6, 1863, is widely considered to be Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s greatest victory during the Civil War. Facing an enemy force nearly twice the size of his own, Lee daringly split his troops in two, confronting and surprising Union Gen. Joseph Hooker. Though Hooker still held numerical superiority, he did not press this advantage, instead falling back to defensive positions. When Lee once again split his forces and attacked, Hooker was forced to retreat across the Rappahannock River.

Lee’s victory came at a high cost, however. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, one of his most trusted generals, was mortally wounded by friendly fire during the battle. This is a great piece and it remains just as it was dug many years ago. It is solid and weighs over 2 pounds. It would make a great addition to any Civil War collection.

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