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Large Artillery shell fragment from Herr's Ridge, Gettysburg (sold)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is the nose section of a 20-pounder Parrott shell with the fuse threads still visible. It measures approximately 3” x 2 ¾” x 1 1/2" and was recovered at Herr's Ridge on the First Day's battlefield at Gettysburg (see pictures). 

Early in the morning on Wednesday, July 1st, the Confederates marching towards town drove back the Union cavalry pickets. Union General John Buford had positioned his men along Herr’s Ridge to allow for a tactical fighting withdrawal, knowing the advancing Confederates seriously outnumbered his men. Buford strove to keep the Southerners from taking the high ground south of town as he waited for the arrival of Union infantry he knew to be close by.

Soon, from this same Herr’s Ridge, the men of Confederate General Henry Heth's Division would launch their first attack on the Northern lines. The men in gray would slowly push their blue-clad counterparts back towards McPherson Ridge before Union Major General Reynolds arrived on the field. Before day’s end, Buford's cavalrymen would suffer 127 casualties holding back their gray clad foes – General Reynolds would be killed. The shell was almost certainly fired on July 1st by Union artillery facing the Confederate advance from the west.

This artifact was a part of the collection of Iva Rosensteel, sister of George Rosensteel (founder of the Gettysburg National Museum and the famous Electric Map). The Rosensteels were, of course, the most famous artifact collecting family in Gettysburg and the bulk of the relics on display at today's Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center come from the Rosensteels.

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 were acquired and became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitor Center collection.

This artifact is just as it came out of the ground, still having the dirt on it. I left it as it was found but the new owner could clean and coat it with a varnish if desired. A nice documented piece of Gettysburg history. 

 

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