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|Civil War Artillery|
by Harry Ridgeway
|A1808...Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, thin walled mortar with lifting ears, Bormann fuze, smoothbore mortar, 8in. |
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the heavy mortars. Designed for siege operations, these guns were designed to send a projectile on a high trajectory into the enemy trench. This ball was intended to be filled with case shot balls, the thickness of the casing is reduced from other mortars. Fuze employed was a Federal Bormann time fuze , with single slot, (Jones pg. 22) . Projectile measures: diameter 7.9in., weight 29lbs. Bormann fuze is intact, but projectile was not filled with case shot. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole in the bottom. Recovered: not known.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 55.
|A2182...Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, 8 in., fragments. |
This large fragment, which is about half is filled with case shot balls.
It is a great illustration of the structure of this shell. Recovered: not known. Fragment of 8 inch case shot ball, 26 lbs.
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