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|Civil War Artillery|
by Harry Ridgeway
|A1216...Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, Confederate incendiary, Confederate incendiary fuze, smoothbore, 8in. |
This was a Confederate innovation, an attempt to create a shell that would spread fire once delivered to the target. The bursting charge was contained in an inner can, the cavity was filled with a liquid incendiary mixture. The inner fuze is a captured Navy watercap fuze. There are two spanner holes, the other holes are drilled through the entire fuze. There would have been an outer covering, now missing. Superb example of this rare shell. Projectile measures: diameter in., length 7.9in. (excluding fuze), weight 50lb. Projectile measures: diameter 7.9in., weight 45lbs.Confederate incendiary fuze intact. Projectile is disarmed, open fuze hole exposes the empty interior. Recovered: James River siege lines below Richmond, Virginia.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 58.
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