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|Civil War Artillery|
|by Harry Ridgeway|
|A2289. Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, seacoast watercap fuze, smoothbore 24 pounder, 5.82in. |
Projectile was intended for the 24 pounder smoothbore, which was uncommon, not a very practical weapon for field use because of its excessive weight, most were used as flanking guns in the forts or as Coehorn mortars. Ball was e quipped with a seacoast fuze for coastal defenses. It is rare to find this fuze in this caliber as most were used as flanking guns which normally would not require a water resistant fuze. Shell employed a drive in seacoast watercap fuze, small size, diameter .9 in. (Jones pg. 7) . Projectile measures: diameter 5.7in., weight 16lbs. Seacoast fuze intact. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through the bottom. Recovered: Port Hudson, Louisiana.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 48.
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