Confederate Reed Shell Fired from a Captured Union Cannon - Inventory Number: ART 394
This excavated Confederate 3 inch Read shell still retains its copper sabot and fuse adaptor. The sabot on this fired example clearly shows seven lands and grooves as formed from the rifling inside the cannon tube. According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", the fact that there are seven lands and grooves on the sabot indicates that this shell was fired from a captured Yankee three-inch ordnance rifle. He also advised that the construction of its copper sabot indicated that this example was a late war 1864 manufactured shell. This Confederate shell has been disarmed, has no repairs, and is ready for display. It will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection. Approximate weight is 6.8 lbs and the length is 7 1/2 inches.