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Dyer Shell from the "Wheatfield", Gettysburg, Rosensteel coll. (ON HOLD)

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This is another one of the Gettysburg pieces I am listing, it is the nose section of a U.S. Dyer Artillery shell (see picture of a complete shell). This very smooth section weighs about 2 ½ pounds and the fuse threads are very distinct.  It was recovered by local Gettysburg resident John Cullison between 1935 – 1959 at the “Wheatfield” in Gettysburg. (I also discuss John Cullison in my book "Battle of Gettysburg - The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs")

The area known as the Wheatfield had three geographic features, all owned by the John Rose family: the 20-acre field itself, the Rose Woods bordering it on the west, and a modest elevation known as Stony Hill, also to the west. Immediately to the southeast was Houck's Ridge and to the south Devil's Den. The fighting here on July 2nd, consisting of numerous confusing attacks and counterattacks over two hours by eleven brigades, earned the field the nickname "Bloody Wheatfield”.

The first engagement in the Wheatfield was that of Anderson's brigade (Hood's division) attacking the 17th Maine of Trobriand's brigade, a spillover from Hood's attack on Houck's Ridge. Although under pressure and with its neighboring regiments on Stony Hill withdrawing, the 17th Maine held its position behind a low stone wall with the assistance of Winslow's battery, and Anderson fell back. Trobriand wrote, "I had never seen any men fight with equal obstinacy."

This shell went from John Cullison’s collection to the Gettysburg Rosensteel collection. The Rosensteel Collection is arguably the most famous collection of Gettysburg relics that have ever existed. John Rosensteel opened his Round Top Museum of Gettysburg artifacts in 1888. The collection, which grew in size as a variety of local collections, such as Cullison’s, was acquired and became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitor Center collection.

A 1964 advertisement for the Gettysburg National Museum (Electric Map Museum) notes that the John Cullison collection was part of the museum holdings. This Gettysburg artifact not only has wonderful provenance, but it was also found at one of the most famous locations on the battlefield.

I have had this piece in my private collection for several years, acquiring it when it first became deacessed. It is very difficult to find anything from the Wheatfield. It is guaranteed 100% as to its authenticity and provenance. A signed and embossed Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artifact.  (guaranteed for life)

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