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Civil War Union Hotchkiss Artillery Shell, recovered at the Lady Farm, Gettysburg (SOLD)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a Civil War Hotchkiss artillery shell. The 3-inch Hotchkiss shells were made in three pieces – the nose, the lead band (sabot), and the base cup. It still has the brass fuse present. The Hotchkiss was the most common type of projectile fired from the 3-inch wrought iron rifle. This piece was recovered years ago at Gettysburg.

It was dug in the 1990s at the Daniel Lady Farm on the Hanover Road just east of the town of Gettysburg. On July 1st, the farm was occupied by Confederate troops during the first day’s battle. Confederate General Richard Ewell used the home as his headquarters and with generals Early and Johnson, planned a bombardment of the Union lines. The Army of Northern Virginia used the stone farmhouse and barn located on the property as a field hospital, although wounded soldiers from both sides of the fighting were treated there.

The farm was bombarded with shells that were fired from Union artillery on Culp's Hill, Power's Hill, and Cemetery Hill. I’ve been in the house and barn and would highly recommend a visit when in Gettysburg. It is also the home of The Battlefield Preservation Association, which I am a member.

This shell is complete except for the lead sabot, they flew off shortly after being fired. I acquired this shell directly from the digger who told me the shell and base were about six feet apart when he dug them. In my book “Civil War Artillery – A Pictorial Introduction”, I show a similar Hotchkiss shell which came out of Nashville. I go into more detail in the book about the role artillery played during the war. This is a 100% guaranteed Gettysburg relic.

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