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|A0173...Rifled artillery projectile, Schenkl design, Federal manufacture, Confederate alteration 4.5in. shell milled to 4.2in., bursting shell, long pattern, paper sleeve sabot, Confederate time fuze, Confederate 30 pounder, 4.2 in. |
Projectile was originally manufactured in the Federal arsenals, and was intended for the Ordnance 4.5 in siege gun. The Confederates milled it to fit a 30 pounder rifle (4.2in) and installed a Confederate time fuze. Apparently they considered that a 30 pounder was more available than a 4.5in. seige gun. Fuze employed was a Confederate copper time fuze, two spanner holes, Jones pg. 41. Projectile measures: diameter 4.1in., as milled, length 12.5in. (excluding the fuze), weight 23.8lbs. Confederate copper time fuze is intact. Metal is rough but stable. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through the paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: Richmond Petersburg, Virginia campaign.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 366., confederate variant
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