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  • Compete Hotchkiss shell (not included)
  • Gettysburg Museum
  • Pickett's Charge

Sabot from Civil War Hotchkiss shell - Pickett's Charge Gettysburg, Rosensteel collection


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This is another great piece being offered, it is a lead sabot from a Union Hotchkiss Artillery shell. It measures 3 ½” x 1 ½”. These sabots were designed to take the rifling from the cannon when the shell was fired (see example of complete shell). It was recovered at Pickett’s Charge in Gettysburg between 1935 – 1959 by local resident John Cullison. (I discuss Cullison in my book “Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs”).

This artifact went from John Cullison’s collection to the Gettysburg Rosensteel collection. The Rosensteel Collection is arguably the most famous collection of Gettysburg relics that have ever existed. John Rosensteel opened his Round Top Museum of Gettysburg artifacts in 1888. The collection, which grew in size as a variety of local collections, such as Cullison’s, were acquired and became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitor Center collection.

A 1964 advertisement for the Gettysburg National Museum (Electric Map Museum) notes that the John Cullison collection was part of the museum holdings. This Gettysburg artifact not only has wonderful provenance, but it was also found at the most famous location on the battlefield. There are some examples that were recovered by Cullison in the old Gettysburg Museum (see pictures).

I have had this piece, and several other artifacts from Pickett’s Charge in my private collection for a while now, acquiring it shortly after it was deacessed by the NPS museum. It is guarantee 100% as to its authenticity and provenance (guaranteed for life). It comes in the deep glass top display case pictured.

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