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Help identifying this shell frag

Discussion in 'Cannons and Artillery' started by Mjcivilcowboy, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Mjcivilcowboy

    Mjcivilcowboy Cadet

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    20180711_171807.jpg 20180711_171531.jpg 20180711_171641.jpg I picked this up recently. Unfortunately the person who new the history of the artifact has passed away. It ways roughly 19.5lbs really can't tell from the pictures but is almost exactly 2.5" thick. I would love any info please.
     

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  3. John Winn

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    I'd guess it's a piece of a mortar round. From the size I'd say either a 10" or 13" (with some careful measurement you could determine the diameter from the piece you have but I don't know the math off the top of my head). I suppose it's also possible it could be a piece of a shell from a large garrison or coastal gun but from the thickness of the wall I'm going with a mortar.

    Do you know where it was collected ? That might help.
     
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  4. redbob

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    From the thickness, either a 13" Mortar Ball or a 15" shell and welcome to the group from Alabama.
     
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    Welcome from eastern Ohio.
     
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    Welcome From The Heart Of Dixie. I agree with @redbob its part of a 13" mortar rounds
     
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  7. Mjcivilcowboy

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    Sorry I'm unaware of the location.
     
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    Welcome, enjoy
     
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    Hello and welcome to the talk forum from Southeast Missouri located on the banks of the muddy Mississippi River. It looks like a 13" Mortar fragment to me.
     
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    Welcome to CWT from the Smoky Mountain side of North Carolina.
     
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  11. Larryh86GT

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    Welcome from WNY. That's a nice hefty chunk of a shell.
     
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  12. Mjcivilcowboy

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    Well from all the info I found so far it seems to be a 13" mortar ball Fragment. Were during the war would they have fired such a Mortar?
     
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  13. John Winn

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    They were used on boats and flatbeds on rivers, in forts, and were brought up for siege duty (i.e. Petersburg). They were too heavy for general field use. Mortars were used to lob shells up and over fortifications and into entrenchments (the ones on the rivers were used to bombard forts along the rivers).
     
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  14. Mjcivilcowboy

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    Thank you for the info.
     
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