This excavated artillery fragment is from an exploded Confederate 12 pounder spherical case-shot. It retains a portion of its Confederate Bormann white metal time fuze and its entire brass under-plug. Several hash lines, indicating seconds and half seconds, are visible on the fuze. What is most interesting about the fragment is its near perfect symmetrical shape. The explosion of this case-shot separated the fragment just above the thin walls of the case-shot surrounding the fuze. According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", the shell wall surrounding fuze hole wall was made thicker than the lower walls so as to support the Bormann fuze. This fragment was recovered in the area of the Seven Days Battles which were a series of battles occuring June 25 to July 1, 1862 near Richmond, Virginia. It measures approximately 3.28 inches in diameter and weighs approximately 1.6 pounds. This excavated fragment, with fuze and underplug, will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
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