Item: Confederate 2.9 inch long model read artillery shell with scarce brass fuze plug.
Construction: Cast iron body with iron sabot and brass fuze plug.
Approximate size: Weight: 9.2 pounds. Diameter: 2.85 inches. Length: 10-3/4 inches.
Condition: Very good, excavated, fired. The body of the shell is smooth with minimal pitting. The sabot is partially missing and somewhat mangled from being fired. The brass fuze plug is in very good condition. The shell has been deactivated and has no repairs.
Recovered: South Mountain, MD.
Comments: According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", Confederate Army field artillery shells with a brass fuze plug are scarce, as most are found with copper fuze plugs. This shell may have been manufactured early in the war, prior to the Confederates having a shortage of zinc needed for alloying with copper to make brass. This artillery shell will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
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