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|A0028...Rifled artillery projectile, Confederate design and manufacture, bursting shell, lead sleeved, lead sabot, copper time fuze, Confederate rifle, 3.25 or 3.3in.
Projectile appears to be Confederate manufacture inspired by a British design and perhaps the Federal Sawyer design. It employed a massive lead sleeve with a contour. Probably the idea was that the high spots would conform to the rifling and the space in the middle would absorb the slack. It is doubtful such a massive lead sabot would work, plus the Confederacy could ill afford such extravagant use of lead, so it appears that only a limited number were produced and those were sent to a low priority Confederate outpost. Copper time fuze appears to be conventional Confederate design, and there is lathe dimple in the base, indicative of Confederate wartime manufacture. Projectile measures: diameter 3.1in., length 8.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 11.5lbs. The diameter is also approximately 3.1in, which is a very odd caliber. Could this have been an experimental design to fire from a breechloading Whitworth, in which the lead sabot may have been expected to compress and elongate? Or perhaps it was intended for the Confederate 3.2in gun or a smaller gun with a worn out bore. In any case it is above 3inches and would not fit either the 2.9in. or 3.0in guns. All of the surviving examples came from a cache of a dozen or so that were found in 1960's at High Bridge Virginia.
Artillery 3210 Confederate lead sleeved 3.2in. to 3.3in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 90.
Projectile is unfired, massive lead sabot intact, none were actually fired apparently. Copper time fuze intact. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: High Bridge, Virginia.
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