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|A0418...Smoothbore ball, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, Broun concussion fuze, smoothbore 12 pounder, 4.62in. |
Projectile was intended for the smoothbore 12 pounder "Napoleon" using the Broun concussion fuze designed to detonate on impact any direction. This was another idea that did not work, this ball was designed to detonate on impact, no matter what direction landed, most probably it would never have made it out of the bore. These were produced in late 1864 or 1865 when supplies were desperate and it appears that most were emptied, mechanics removed and the empty balls simply used up as bolts. Fuze employed was the Broun Percussion Fuze, convex fuze, with long screwdriver slot, (Jones pg. 69) . Projectile measures: diameter 4.5in., weight 6.2lbs. Broun's percussion fuze intact, a small hole was drilled through it, this may have been an attempt to disarm it. Metal is solid, minor areas of pitting. Projectile is disarmed: drill hole through the bottom. Recovered: Richmond, Petersburg, Virginia campaign.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 41.
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