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Confederate 10-pounder Read Shell, from Lee’s Headquarters, Petersburg


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This is another great piece being offered, it is a fired and unexploded Confederate 3-Inch Read Smooth Case-Shot Shell. It measures approximately 8 ½ inches long and 2.8 inches in diameter and weighs 9.5 pounds.

The fuse is missing exposing the inside of the shell; it would have been fired with a wooden fuse adapter and paper time fuse. The intact sabot is a tapered iron ring on the bottom of the shell with the grooves from the gun’s rifling. This shell was recovered years ago at the site of General Robert E. Lee’s Headquarters in Petersburg, VA.

In 1864 Violet Bank became the headquarters for Confederate General Robert E. Lee from June to September of 1864 during the siege of Petersburg. On July 30, 1864, General Lee was at his headquarters at Violet Bank Farm on the north shore of the Appomattox River overlooking Petersburg. There, he heard the explosion and received word that Union troops had detonated over 8,000 pounds of gunpowder beneath Confederate defensive lines in what became known as the Battle of the Crater.

This shell came directly from the famous Peter George collection. Pete is the leading authority on Civil War artillery in the country, writing the best-known resource on Civil War artillery, along with Thomas S. Dickey “Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War”. This is a solid shell with no rust, chipping, or flaking. I talk about these shells and others in my book "Civil War Artillery - A Pictorial Introduction". It is always something special when you can add a piece of artillery from Pete’s private collection.

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