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Nose section of Civil War Parrott Artillery shell, Petersburg (SOLD)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is the complete nose section a large from a fired Civil War artillery shell. It measures 3 ½” with a 3” diameter is from a 10-pounder Parrott shell. The top of the shell still has its original white metal fuse adapter in good condition. It was recovered many years ago at the Petersburg, Virginia Battlefield.

Marching from Cold Harbor, Meade's Army of the Potomac crossed the James River on transports and a 2,200-foot long pontoon bridge at Windmill Point. General Butler with the XVIII Corps crossed the Appomattox River and attacked the Petersburg defenses on June 15, 1864. The 5,400 defenders of Petersburg under command of General P.G.T. Beauregard were driven from their first line of entrenchments back to Harrison Creek. On June 16, the II Corps captured another section of the Confederate line and gained more ground.

Beauregard brought in troops from Bermuda Hundred to defend the city and Lee rushed reinforcements to Petersburg from the Army of Northern Virginia. Three Union Corps attacked on June 18 but were repulsed with heavy casualties. By now the Confederate works were heavily manned and the greatest opportunity to capture Petersburg without a siege was lost. The long siege of Petersburg began.

This piece has been in my collection for over 25 years. I go into further detail on this shell and others in my book “Civil War Artillery – A Pictorial Introduction”. It has no chipping or flaking; many years ago, a thin coat of varnish was applied for preservation. This is a great piece from a very important battle.

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  1. Parrot Shell nose fragment

    Posted by Daniel Harrison on 15th Feb 2020

    Very nice artillery shell nose fragment. Good price, and fast shipping as always.

$8.50 (Fixed shipping cost)