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Artillery Sabot from the Trostle Farm, Gettysburg, ex-Rosensteel collection


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This is another one of the Gettysburg pieces I am listing which I had for many years, it is a section of the lead sabot of a U.S. Hotchkiss Artillery shell (see picture of a complete shell). It measures 3 1/4" x 1 1/2". It was recovered by local Gettysburg resident John Cullison between 1935 - 1959 on the Trostle Farm in Gettysburg. (I discuss John Cullison in my book “Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs”)

The Trostle house and barn standing today are the original structures from 1863. The house was used as a hospital, and at the time of the battle consisted of seven rooms and a basement. The barn still bears a scar of the battle - a hole near the roofline through which a cannonball passed on July 2nd, after Gen. Daniel Sickles moved his 3rd Corps forward to form a salient at the Peach Orchard not far to the west.

Along the road in front of the house stands a monument for the 9th Massachusetts Battery, which had retreated to this point from its original position along the Wheatfield Road during the fighting on July 2nd. The battery stood its ground here, allowing other units to retreat safely back towards Seminary Ridge. Timothy O'Sullivan's famous photos show the many dead horses that lay near the house and barn.

This artifact 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 shortly after it became deacessed. Trostle items are exceedingly difficult to find. It is guaranteed 100% as to its authenticity and provenance. It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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