This is a non-excavated Civil War rifled artillery projectile. It is a 7” Dyer shell for the rifled 42-pounder gun. This projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of Alexander Dyer. Recovered from the Confederate Works Mississippi River North of Vicksburg. 7” Diameter 12 ½” height 65 lbs."
Most of these 7” Dyers were used by Federal gunboats in the assault of Island No. 10, a Confederate stronghold in the middle of the Mississippi River. The island washed away years ago. Very nice example.
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Inventory Number: ART 352