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Section of Hotchkiss Artillery Shell Lead Sabot from Antietam

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a section of the lead sabot from a Union Hotchkiss shell. It measures 3 ½” x 1 ½”. The Hotchkiss was the most common type of projectile fired from the 3-inch wrought iron rifle. This piece was recovered in the 1960s from the Mumma Farm on the Antietam Battlefield.

Located near the center of the Antietam Battlefield, the Mumma Farm (see period picture) was a scene of chaos and violence on September 17th, 1862. The farm was burned in the early morning of the battle by Confederate Brigadier General Ripley to prevent its use as a sharpshooter's refuge by Union troops. Today, the Mumma Farm is no longer a private residence, though it was until the 1960s. In my book “Civil War Artillery – A Pictorial Introduction”, I go into more detail about the role the artillery played during the war.

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