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Civil War Union Hotchkiss Artillery Shell, recovered at Gettysburg. (SOLD)

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Several years ago, I acquired a very old collection of Gettysburg artillery shells. I held on to a couple of pieces, but the rest I have sold over the years. They all had crude tags with some more legible than the others because of their age. Being offered here is a section of a “ground burst” Hotchkiss shell.

The old, typed paper tag reads “..ettysburg Batt….. / ….B.B.   Pe…..lvani… / Section ………”. The 3-inch Hotchkiss shells were made in three pieces – the nose, the lead band (sabot), and the base cup. This example is in what appears to be two pieces of the shell which were glued together at some point (very strong). A ground burst is when a shell fails to explode in the air, but instead when it hits the ground – usually because of a faulty or wet fuse. The threads for the fuse are still intact.

In my book “Civil War Artillery – A Pictorial Introduction” and in “Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs”, I have examples (see pictures). I go into more detail in the books about Gettysburg and the role artillery played during the war. The clean and smooth iron on this shell indicates that it was a very early battlefield pick up. This is a 100% guaranteed true Gettysburg relic.

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