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Iron canister ball from Artillery Canister Shell

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This is another neat piece being offered, it is a solid iron canister ball, measuring about 1 ½”. These balls were part of a canister artillery shell (see pictures). This ball was recovered at the Jonesboro, Georgia battlefield.

The Battle of Jonesboro was fought August 31–September 1, 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign. Two Union armies led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman maneuvered to draw the Army of Tennessee (led by John Bell Hood) away from their defenses at Atlanta, Georgia, where it could be destroyed.

Although Hood's army was not destroyed, the city of Atlanta was abandoned and then occupied by Union troops for the rest of the war. The fall of Atlanta also had far-reaching political as well as military effects on the course of the war. Estimated Casualties: 3,149 total (US 1,149; CS 2,000).

The ball is in very nice shape, no chipping or flaking and having an all around smooth surface. This is evidence of an early battlefield pick up.

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