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Civil War Dyer Artillery Shell, "Ground-burst" (SOLD)

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This is another great piece I recently acquired directly from the digger, it is a “ground-burst”, 3-inch Dyer Artillery shell. A “ground-burst” occurs when the shell explodes when it is already embedded in the ground, instead of in the air as intended. As seen in the pictures, the top split off revealing the hardened matrix inside both parts of the shell. It fits perfectly back on. The digger recovered the shell in the Varina section of Richmond, Virginia.

This projectile was named after its inventor, General Alexander B. Dyer. Federal government records indicate that William Sellers and Company manufactured 107,230 3-inch Dyer projectiles under their Federal ordnance contracts from September 26, 1861, through May 24, 1862. The pattern is found in case-shot and common shell. This Dyer pattern sabot is found with and without flame grooves, this shell having the flame grooves. Most of the specimens were fired from Federal artillery positions, although some were captured and subsequently used by the Confederate artillery.

The projectile is ideal for displaying what was inside Civil War artillery shells. The shell has some exterior flaking on one side, but it has been varnished and it is now a solid shell. This is a great piece of Civil War history.

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