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Confederate Artillery Canister Ball, dug at the Lady Farm, Gettysburg


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This is another neat piece being offered, it is a rare Confederate solid iron canister ball, measuring about 1 ½” (36mm). These balls were part of a canister artillery shell (see pictures). This is not the typical canister ball as you can see in the pictures. Jack Melton Jr., Civil War artillery expert and author, looked at this piece and made the following comment: “It is definitely Confederate made. They were made in a gang mold and the sprues were not cut off like the Federal canister shot, because this saved time”. This ball was recovered in Gettysburg at the Daniel Lady Farm on the Hanover Road, just east of town (see pictures).

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 ball is clean and solid, and a light coat of varnish was applied for preservation. This ball is considered rare being that it still has the obvious sprue, not seen on Union canister balls. I have been in the house and barn and would highly recommend a visit when in Gettysburg. I talk about this farm and artillery in my books "Civil War Artillery - A Pictorial Introduction" and "Battle of Gettysburg - The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs". It is in nice condition and would make a great addition to any Civil War or Gettysburg collection.

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