Shell Fragment from Battle of South Mountain, MD This is a shell fragment from a Hotchkiss shell, which was fired during the battle of South Mountain, MD. The battle took place on Septembet 14, 1862. General Robert E. Lee lead the Army of Northern Virginia North of the Potomac River in an attempt to take the fight to the enemy, the Army of the Potomac which was lead by General George B. McClellan. General Lee had divided his army into five parts prior to the battle to achieve various goals. Approximately 13,000 Confederates and 36,000 Federals were involved in this battle. At the end of the days fighting, General Lee withdrew his troops toward Antietam Creek or Sharpsburg, MD. Of interest: future presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley were involved in this action. Lieutenant Colonel Hayes was wounded fairly seriously during the fighting. This battle took place just three days before the battle of Antietam (the bloodiest day in American history). This fragment was recovered from private 1 1/4 inches by 2 inches. The surface of the fragment is covered with rust, but can be removed and treated if you chose to do so. This will further preserve the fragment. Get a small, but affordable piece of American History. If you were to buy a whole inert shell, it would cost in the neighborhood of $300.00.
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Item #: CIV-571
Price: $5.00 USD