Item: 12 Pounder Solid Shot Cannonball
Construction: Cast iron.
Approximate size: Weight: 11.8 pounds. Diameter: 4.50 inches.
Condition: Very good, excavated. It has not been cleaned or treated and is still in its "as dug" condition with light pitting and no repairs.
Recovered: Fredericksburg, VA
Comments: According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", "12 pounder solid shots were the iconic Civil War cannonball however, there were many more explosive cannonballs fired during the war than solid shots. Solid shots were used for battering purposes while explosive shots were more for killing purposes." If you like that in-the-rough as found condition, then this cannonball is for you. It will display very nicely in any office, den, or family room on a shelf, fireplace hearth, or mantle. It will also be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
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