Item: Fired Confederate 2.9" Read Long Model Sideloader
Construction: Cast iron with copper fuze plug and "long" copper ring sabot.
Approximate size: Weight: 9.4 pounds. Diameter: 2.79 inches. Length: 8-11/16 inches.
Condition: Very good, excavated, with overall light-moderate pitting, and no repairs. Its lead side-plug is no longer present. The threads in the side plug hole appear to be in good condition and, with some light cleaning, may be able to accommodate a lead plug with equally good threads. Its copper fuze plug and copper "long" ring sabot are both present. The shell is inactive and ready for display.
Recovered: Madison County, VA
Comments: According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War - 1993 Edition", the presence of the "long" copper ring sabot indicates manufacture at the Augusta, Georgia arsenal, according to research in CS Ordnance Department records. A similar example, with a shorter sabot, can be found in the above mentioned reference book on page 248. This artillery shell will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
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