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|by Harry Ridgeway|
|A2281...Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, Confederate seacoast watercap fuze, smoothbore 42 pounder, 7 in. |
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the 42 pounder smoothbore. The 42 pounder saw limited use as a smoothbore, cannons of this caliber were mostly converted to rifle by the Civil War. Apparently the Confederates attempted to utilize some stocks of them by fitting a seacoast watercap fuze. Fuze employed was the Confederate drive in seacoast watercap fuze, with wood sleeve, diameter .6in., Jones pg. 8 . Projectile measures, diameter 6.85in., weight 30lbs. Metal solid, there is filler on the bottom, Confederate seacoast watercap fuze intact. Shell disarmed, drill hole through the bottom. Recovered: Port Hudson, Louisiana.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 53.
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