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Artillery 6-pounder Solid Shot Cannonball from Chancellorsville Battlefield (SOLD)

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This is another great artillery piece being offered, it is a 6-pounder solid shot cannon ball. The recovery of this cannonball was from wet ground and during electrolysis it lost some iron. Even before the iron loss, wet shells also lose weight on their own — a process that artillery expert Pete George calls “graphitization”. It was dug years ago near an old house site on private property at the Chancellorsville, VA Battlefield.

The Battle of Chancellorsville, fought from April 30 to May 6, 1863, is widely considered to be Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s greatest victory during the Civil War. Facing an enemy force nearly twice the size of his own, Lee daringly split his troops in two, confronting and surprising Union Gen. Joseph Hooker. Though Hooker still held numerical superiority, he did not press this advantage, instead falling back to defensive positions. When Lee once again split his forces and attacked, Hooker was forced to retreat across the Rappahannock River.

Lee’s victory came at a high cost, however. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, one of his most trusted generals, was mortally wounded by friendly fire during the battle. Being in mid-1863, this was probably a Confederate ball, the Union had just about phased out the Model 1841 6-pounder gun. Like I said, this ball went through electrolysis and has been coated for preservation. There is no chipping or flaking – a great piece of Civil War history from one of the most famous battles.

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