CIVIL WAR LARGE CANISTER BALL, WILDERNESS, VIRGINIA

CIVIL WAR LARGE CANISTER BALL, WILDERNESS, VIRGINIA
Item# newitem306197159
$10.00
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CIVIL WAR LARGE CANISTER BALL, WILDERNESS, VIRGINIA
THIS LARGE CANISTER BALL WAS SHOT FROM A CANNON DURING THE CIVIL WAR FROM WHAT WAS CALLED THE "GIANT SHOTGUNS." "THE ENEMY FELL LIKE GRASS BEFORE THE MOWERS." "IT SEEMED AS IF WHOLE COMPANIES WERE WIPED OUT OF EXISTENCE." THESE QUOTES FROM CIVIL WAR SOLDERS ARE TYPICAL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE EFFECT OF CANISTER ROUNDS FIRED FROM CANNONS. A CANISTER ROUND WAS A THIN-WALLED METAL CYLINDER PACKED WITH MUSKET BALLS, OR LARGE LEAD OR IRON BALLS, AND SAWDUST. THE CANISTER BALLS ARE SOMETIMES CALLED GRAPE SHOT.

THE CANISTER BALL FEATURED HERE IS MADE OF SOLID IRON AND SHOT FROM A CANNON IN VIRGINIA. IT IS 1.25" IN DIAMETER. IT WAS FOUND IN VIRGINIA IN 1965 BY MONTE LEWIS ON PRIVATE LAND NEAR WHAT IS CALLED THE WILDERNESS BATTLEFIELD. THE LUCKY HIGH BIDDER WILL RECEIVE A COPY OF THE COMPLETE ARTICLE ON A CANISTER BALL. NO RESERVE WILL BE PLACED ON THIS ITEM.

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