This excavated Confederate 3 inch Read shell is in very good condition and still retains its copper sabot and fuse adaptor. The sabot on this fired example clearly shows seven lands and grooves as formed from the rifling inside the cannon tube. According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", the fact that there are seven lands and grooves on the sabot indicates that this shell was fired from a captured Yankee three inch ordnance rifle. He also advised that the construction of its copper sabot indicated that this example was a late war 1864 manufactured shell. This shell was lightly clear coated many decades ago with much of the coating now worn away. About a quarter inch below the bottom of the fuse adaptor, on one side of this shell, are the remnants of its lathe chock. These remnants are visible in the top or fuse adaptor view of this shell, at the 3:30 position, in the additional enlargement pictures. This fine Confederate shell has been disarmed, has no repairs, and is ready for display. It will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection. Approximate weight is 6.8 lbs and the length is 7 1/4 inches.
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