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Complete Civil War Hotchkiss Artillery Shell, dug Port Hudson, LA Battlefield (SOLD)

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This is another nice item being offered, it is a complete 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 the Port Hudson, Louisiana Battlefield.

The Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana (May 22 – July 9, 1863), was the final engagement in the Union campaign to recapture the Mississippi in the Civil War. While Union General Ulysses Grant was besieging Vicksburg upriver, General Nathaniel Banks was ordered to capture the Confederate stronghold of Port Hudson, in order to go to Grant's aid.

When his assault failed, Banks settled into a 48-day siege, the longest in US military history. A second attack also failed, and it was only after the fall of Vicksburg that the Confederate commander, General Franklin Gardner surrendered the port. The Union gained control of the river and navigation from the Gulf of Mexico through the Deep South and to the river's upper reaches.

This shell is in great condition. It has been lightly coated at one time for preservation. I have an example of this shell in my book "Civil War Artillery - A Pictorial Introduction" (see pictures). It is mostly smooth with no chipping or flaking, it would be difficult to find a better dug example.

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