Item: 12 Pounder Confederate Sideloader Case-Shot Half Shell
Construction: Cast iron with uncommon iron side plug, iron case-shot balls in pine sap matrix.
Fuzing: Brass time fuze adaptor.
Approximate size: Weight: 4.8 pounds. Diameter: 4.5 inches.
Condition: Very good, excavated, smooth exterior surface with very light pitting. The lip of the fuze is damaged. This half-shell is deactivated and has not been repaired.
Recovered: Petersburg, VA area.
Comments: This half shell comes directly from the collection of Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War". Mr. George noted that this half shell was unusual in that it had a brass metal fuze instead of the typical copper metal fuze normally found in Confederate shells. Of the various side plugs found in side-loader shells, the iron side plug in this shell, while not the rarest, is less common than the lead side plug. This cross-section of this iron side plug nicely shows the threads and also its well rounded plug head. Now you can see the contents of a Civil War sideloader case-shot shell and this one will be an excellent educational tool or addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
Want Both Halves? At this time, the other half of this shell (pictured in the additional images to the left) is in my inventory. If you are interested in both halves, please let me know.
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