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Section of Artillery shell fragment recovered at Spotsylvania in 1978


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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a 3 3/4“ x 2” section of a US/CS Parrott or Read shell. plate was recovered at the Spotsylvania Virginia Battlefield and the digger has his tag attached to the piece reading “Spotsylvania Cort House / 1978”.

Following the Battle of the Wilderness, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant marched the Union army south with the hope of capturing Spotsylvania Court House and preventing Robert E. Lee's army from retreating further. Lee, however, managed to get ahead of the Federals and blocked their pursuit.

Fighting began on May 8, when the Union V Corps under Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren and the VI Corps under Gen. John Sedgwick engaged Confederate Gen. Richard Anderson's First Corps at Laurel Hill. Sedgwick was killed by a Confederate sharpshooter.

After a night of hard marching, Anderson’s infantry had beaten Robinson’s men to the crest by a matter of seconds. As additional Union troops arrived at the front, Warren sent them in. “Never mind cannon. Never mind bullets,” he shouted. “Press on and clear this road.” But by now additional Confederates too had reached the field, and they beat back each of Warren’s assaults. The Confederates had won the race to Spotsylvania.

This is a nice solid and clean fragment. It is always nice to know the actual date when an artifact was recovered.

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