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Confederate 3” Read Artillery Shell

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Confederate 3” Read Artillery Shell – This fine example of a Confederate Read shell was excavated near the battlefield of the Battle of Winchester, Virginia. The shell has been fired, but it remains completely intact, with no repairs and in fine dug condition. The original copper fuse adapter is in place and some of the original black paint is sill visible on the adapter; also, remnants of the paper time fuse can be seen within the adapter. The copper sabot exhibits seven lands and grooves, perhaps indicative of having been fired, by Confederate artillery, through a captured, Federal, rifled cannon. This projectile has been disarmed.