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Large Iron Artillery Canister Ball, recovered Lady Farm, Gettysburg


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This is another neat piece being offered, it is a solid iron canister ball, measuring about 1 ¼”. These balls were part of a canister artillery shell (see pictures). This ball was recovered in Gettysburg at the Daniel Lady Farm, along with several others, 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 farm was bombarded with shells that were fired from Union artillery on Culp's Hill, Power's Hill and Cemetery Hill. The fragment has been cleaned and a light coat of varnish applied for preservation. I’ve 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".

The ball is solid and in very nice shape and would make a great addition to any Civil War or Gettysburg collection.

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