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Fantastic Dyer Artillery Shell recovered at Antietam (SOLD)

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This is another great piece being offered, it is an excavated Union Artillery shell. It is a complete 3-inch Dyer shell. The projectile was named after its inventor, General Alexander B. Dyer. Federal government records indicate that William Sellers and Company manufactured 107,230 3-inch Dyer projectiles under their Federal ordnance contracts from September 26, 1861, through May 24, 1862. The pattern is found in case-shot and common shell.

This Dyer pattern sabot is found with and without flame grooves, this shell having four flame grooves. Most of the specimens were fired from Federal artillery positions, although some were captured and subsequently used by the Confederate artillery. It was recovered many years ago from the Antietam Battlefield.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee invaded Maryland in the late summer of 1862 and was intercepted by Union General George B. McClellan. Their armies met in the Battle of Antietam (or Battle of Sharpsburg) on September 17, 1862, this would become the single bloodiest day of the American Civil War and all of American military history, seeing nearly 23,000 casualties. The inconclusive but strategic Union victory partially politically enabled Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

The projectile is in beautiful condition with a very smooth surface, indicative of early recoveries. At one time there was a light coat of varnish applied for preservation. This is a great piece of Civil War history and about as nice as you will ever find.

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