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  • Complete Schenkl shell (not included)
  • Culp's Hill

Schenkl fuse recovered Culp's Hill, Gettysburg, Rosensteel coll. (ON HOLD)

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This is another one of the Gettysburg pieces I am listing, it is a Schenkl fuse from a fired U.S. Schenkl artillery shell (see picture of a complete shell). It was recovered by local Gettysburg resident John Cullison between 1935 - 1959 at Culp’s Hill in Gettysburg. (I discuss John Cullison and Culp’s Hill in my book “Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs”)

Culp’s Hill was the right-most flank of the "fishhook" line formed by Union Army troops during the Battle of Gettysburg and saw fighting all three days of the battle. Culp’s Hill has two rounded peaks with a narrow saddle between them. Although heavily wooded and unsuitable for artillery, the main peak of Culp’s Hill rises substantially above the surrounding landscape. Nearby Baltimore Pike was critical for Union Army supplies and preventing a Confederate advance on Baltimore or Washington, DC - Culp’s Hill was critical to Union strategy.

This fuse 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 guarantee 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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