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Large section of Civil War Parrott/Read Shell, Atlanta

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a large section of a 20-pounder Parrott/Read shell. It is the nose section and it measures approximately 4 1/2" x 3 1/2". Marked on one side is "Atlanta", which is where this piece was recovered. 

The Battle of Atlanta was fought on July 22, 1864, just southeast of Atlanta, Georgia. Continuing their summer campaign to seize the important rail and supply center of Atlanta, Union forces commanded by General William T. Sherman overwhelmed and defeated Confederate forces defending the city under John B. Hood. Union General James B. McPherson was killed during the battle. Despite the implication of finality in its name, the battle occurred midway through the campaign and the city did not fall until September 2, 1864, after a Union siege and various attempts to seize railroads and supply lines leading to Atlanta. After taking the city, Sherman's troops headed south-southeastward toward Milledgeville, the State capital, and on to Savannah with the March to the Sea.

This is a nice solid piece and is indicative of the larger shells that were used during the campaign. There is  no chipping or flaking and it has been coated with a varnish for preservation.  

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