Civil War Artillery

ART 1. U.S. 12 lb. Mountain Howitzer dated 1853.

This fantastic bronze cannon was cast by Cyrus Alger & Co. of Boston Massachusetts in 1853. All markings are clear. “U.S.” stamped on top of barrel. Serial # 109 and US Military Inspector’s Initials “L.A.B.W.” stamped on the muzzle, ( Louis Augustus de Barth Walbach) who served in the U.S. Ordnance Dept. from 1834-1853. Lt. Louis A. de Barth Walbach inspected cannons using his specialized scientific method at forts all over the United States and grading guns as to the quality of their metal. The National Archives has his manuscript ledger “Final Report of the Examination of the Quality of Cast Iron Cannon In Service” dated June 1847. His father holds the distinction of being the oldest active duty officer in the U.S. Army at an age of 90 years old. You can see some of his family history at
   The 1853 date is a fairly desirable year as it more than likely, almost undoubtedly, saw service in the war. It is even possible that it saw Confederate service as who knows where it was at the outbreak of the war. Some of the later war-date castings that were done specifically for the Union were definitely used by the Union unless of course they may have been captured somewhere during the war and put into Confederate service. “224” is stamped on the breech which is the weight of the tube. The tube rests upon a nice full scale Paulson Brothers reproduction carriage. This the only full scale Civil War Cannon that can comfortably fit in a private home museum or office setting. It looks absolutely fabulous here in our shop and is drawing people in like a magnet. This gun was designed for high mobility and could be carried over rough terrain by mules when taken apart. It packed a big punch too, firing 4.62″ (12 lb.) Shot, Shell and Canister at ranges up to 1000 yards. A complete Federal Battery of 6 of these cannon was captured near here at Philadelphia TN on Oct. 20 of 1863 by Dibrell’s Brigade CSA.



ART 2. U.S. 3.8″ Tie Ring” James Shell from the Gauley Bridge, WV. Battlefield.

This very rare James variant is in remarkable condition and complete with a perfect Anvil Cap Percussion Fuse Cap and Slider which can be unscrewed for display. Note sharp edges on the ribs. A fantastic and iconic American Civil War Projectile.



ART 3. Excavated U.S. 3.67″ Sawyer Percussion Fused Shell.

Neat shell that has been fired. You can see how the lead sheathing had partially peeled away. The November, 1855 Patent info is clearly stamped on the bottom. Dug at Port Hudson, LA. Rare shell.



 ART 4. Dug U.S. 2.6″ Hotchkiss Bolt for Wiard Gun.

Rare experimental bolt with flat base and rounded nose. Dug many years ago near the old West Point, N.Y. firing range. One of only 5 known examples.



ART 5. U.S. 15″ Triple Fused Dahlgren Shell.

Weighing in at a whopping 329 lbs., this rare monster (rarity 9 according to Jack Bell) was fired from Monitor Class Ships. Excavated examples have come from the Fort Fisher and Charleston areas. This particular ball was brought home to Cleveland, Ohio as a war souvenir and was found in a rock garden there. Most surviving examples are salt water shells and have pitting and/ or restoration of one degree or another. This shell has never seen salt water and is solid all around. All three 1863 dated Naval Watercap fuses can be unscrewed. This is a killer shell in superb condition and the “King Daddy” of American Civil War Naval Ordnance. Pick up at shop or delivery can be arranged.



 ART 6. Confederate 3″ Read Shell.

This variant is known as a “Camden” Read due to where they were turned up by Greg Craven many years ago in South Carolina. Note the tall sabot and the odd sized bourrelets. Mint condition.



 ART 7. Dug U.S. 3.8″ James Bolt. 

Very nice bolt with complete lead sabot intact. Tin covering has rusted away. Thumbprint sized divot on side is a casting flaw. Relic of Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas.



 ART 8. Dug U.S. 6 lb. Bormann Case Shot. 

This shell has very nice iron. Dug near Shiloh, TN. long ago by Tedford Coln. 



 ART 9. Confederate 2-Pounder “Carkeet” Bolt.

Patented by James H. Carkeet of Natchez, MS. and designed to be used in his 2″ Smoothbore Gun. One of these has been dug on the Champion Hill Battlefield near Jackson, MS. This particular one was found in the Alabama River at Selma. This extremely scarce (rarity 10) Confederate Bolt is described in detail on page 142 of Dickey and George’s Field Artillery Book.



ART 10. Excavated Confederate 32 lb. Stand of Grape from Vicksburg, MS.

One of seven Confederate Stands of Grape dug by Jim Nall in 1978 at Drumgould’s Bluff. Several 32 lb Shot and a few Canister Rounds were also found. These were dug in situ on the site of a Confederate 32 lb. Siege Gun Emplacement. Only two of the Grapeshot Rounds had the square rings like the example being offered here. Super rare indeed. Unquestionably Confederate. Condition is superb. Note the crude casting on the balls. I have never seen one of these offered for sale. A copy of the 1978 North South Trader Magazine featuring this extraordinary find and picturing this very projectile is included.



 ART 11. Dug Confederate 6.4″ Read Shell Nose Fragment with rare Percussion Fuse.

Here is a neat exploded fragment. This large caliber Read Shell Nose Fragment has a large size Confederate Percussion Fuse still attached to it. This fuse is extremely scarce. Dug near Vicksburg, MS.




ART 12. Dug Confederate 3.3″ Selma Disc Sabot Bolt.

Near mint condition. There is a “1” stamped into upper bourrelet and a “G” stamped into bottom of sabot. A superb example. Found in the Oconee River near Milledgeville, GA.



 ART 13. Dug U.S. Schenkl Naval Percussion Fuse.

Scarce Fuse in great condition. Dug near Fort Fisher, NC. on private property by Ben Ingraham.



ART 14. Excavated U.S. 3.67″ Sawyer Bolt.

This rare bolt was fired at the Confederates manning Port Hudson, LA. Great condition with full lead sheathing.



 ART 15. Excavated Confederate 3.5″ Britten Shell for Blakely Rifle.

Superb and near mint. Fuse is missing and it would be easy to screw one in if you have it. Nice Rifled Sabot. Provenance of Northern VA.


ART 16. Dug U.S. 3″ Schenkl Percussion Fused Shell.

Classic Schenkl Shell in great condition with a perfect Schenkl Percussion Fuse. Found in 1995 two doors down from Stonewall Jackson’s House in Lexington, VA. With a little cleaning effort, this shell would be a screamer.




 ART 17. Schenkl Combination Fuse for Naval Shells.

This scarce variant is designed for Naval Projectiles. Non excavated example in great condition and ready to screw into a shell or displayed on it’s own. I have seen one of these in a 30 lb. Parrott that was fired into Fort Fisher. Rarely seen non dug.



 ART 18. Dug Confederate 3″Read Bolt.

Scarce rounded nose variant with thick brass sabot. Superb condition with minimal pitting. Dug at Snyder’s Bluff outside of Vicksburg MS.



  ART 19. Dug Confederate Friction Primer.

Standard type dug by Ben Ingraham at Fort Anderson, NC. which is located between Wilmington and Fort Fisher.



ART 20. Dug 3.4″ Dahlgren Bolt or “Blind Shell”.

These are designed for the Federal Navy’s 3.4″ Boat Howitzer. This one is in mint unfired condition. Dug at Harper’s Ferry, WV.



 ART 21. Dug Confederate 3″ Archer “Prototype” Bolt.

Very scarce, especially with lead ring sabot intact. This one was obviously fired as you can see the rifling and distress upon the sabot. Mint condition with no pitting whatsoever. Dug long ago at Remington, VA.



 ART 22. Excavated 3″ Confederate “Tapered” Read Shell.

Extremely rare Confederate Shell found by Greg Craven near Camden, SC. Mint condition, as good as it gets.



 ART 23. Dug U.S. 3″ Type II Hotchkiss Case Shot.

Classic Hotchkiss projectile for the 3″ Ordnance Rifle. Excellent condition with nice even rifling on sabot. Perfect brass fuse adapter. Packed with small lead balls, this was a particularly deadly shell when it exploded. I forgot where it was dug.



ART 24. Excavated Confederate 2.5″ Blakely Shell from Kennesaw, GA.

A rather extreme rarity, this crude shell has a tall, thin sabot that is intact after being fired. The projectile is rebated at the base and was designed to accommodate a wooden drive in fuse adaptor. Once part of Tom Dickey’s collection. Extreme rarity of 10.



 ART 25. Dug Pewter Confederate Friction Primer.

These rare primers were most likely produced late in the war as copper was becoming scarce. Dug at Fort Anderson, NC.



 ART 26. U.S. Large Caliber Artillery Vent Pick.

Scarce vent pick or punch for heavy siege and naval guns.



  ART 27. Dug Confederate 3″ Read Bolt.

This rare variant lies somewhere between the pointed and rounded nose types. Note thick brass sabot with rifling marks. Condition is superb. Once part of Tom Dickey’s collection. Dug at Sulphur Creek Trestle near Elkmont, TN. and photographed in Charlie Harris’ book “Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns”.



ART 28. 3″ U.S./C.S. 12 lb. Spherical Shell Fragment.

Cool battlefield relic consisting of almost half of a 12 lb. Bormann Fused Shell. Dug near Petersburg VA.



ART 29. Dug U.S. 3″ Parrott Shell Fragment.

Here is the coolest pen and pencil holder. Fully half of a 3″ U.S. Parrott Shell. Dug near Petersburg, VA.



 ART 30. Excavated U.S. 30 lb. Parrott Chill Nose Bolt.

Superb dropped bolt with perfect brass sabot. Dug on Christmas Day, 1989 at Vicksburg, MS.



 ART 31. Dug U.S. 9″ Naval Columbiad Shell.

Near mint condition with an 1864 dated U.S. Watercap Fuse that unscrews. Fired into Fort Fisher, NC. by the Federal Blockading Squadron. Shop or show pickup only.



ART 32. Dug U.S. 3″ Type I Hotchkiss Percussion Fused Shell.

Excellent dropped condition. Note perfect green percussion fuse. Verbal provenance of North GA.



ART 33. Confederate Broun Percussion Fuse Disc and Detonator.

A US Large Cent was utilized as the copper disc in this rare Confederate Fuse designed for exploding Spherical shells on impact. The small serrated wire and lead striker is also intact. Dug N. Va.



ART 34. Dug U.S. 3″ Type I Parrott Shell.

Fantastic shell with perfect zinc paper time fuse adapter. Common projectile, uncommon condition. Iron is mint with finishing marks. Top of the line.


ART 35. Excavated U.S. 3.67″ Schenkl Percussion Fused Shell for Rifled 6 lb. Gun.

Great example of this early to mid war shell. Fantastic iron. Anvil cap is loose inside fuse. Provenance uncertain.



ART 36. Dug U.S. 2.6″ Hotchkiss Shell for Wiard Rifle.

Super slick condition. When cleaning this rare projectile, I was able to remove the wooden paper time fuse adapter which had split into four sections inside the shell along with a remnant of the fuse. I repaired the adapter and it is shown here with the shell. Dug near Trevillian Station, VA. by Sam White.



ART 37. Excavated U.S. 4.5″ Dyer Shell for Siege Rifle.

Great looking example. Zinc paper time fuse adapter mostly intact. Dug by Bobby Bartlett just south of Nashville, TN. and probably fired from the Federal guns protecting the city.



ART 38. US/CS 12 lb. Stand of Grape.

Mint non excavated condition and rare in the 12 lb. or 4.62″ Caliber. This is a cruel invention. Designed as an anti personnel weapon at close ranges. Field Artillery Grape was phased out before the war by Union forces in favor of Canister but saw use by the Confederacy into 1862. This is most likely a Confederate made projectile.



ART 39. Dug Confederate 3″ Archer Bolt with Sabot.

Fantastic fired condition with a perfect sabot. Dug long ago on the Chancellorsville, VA. Battlefield (private property).

$1150.00 HOLD T.M.


ART 40. Dug 3″ Type III U.S. Parrott Shell.

A very good representative example of the 3″ Parrott Shell, another quintessential American Civil War Projectile designed for use with the 3″ Parrott Rifle. The type III features a brass ring sabot. Dug back in the early 1970’s by Steve Mullinax near Vicksburg, MS.



ART 41. Dug U.S. 3.67″ Type I Parrott Percussion Fused Shell.

This is a fantastic example. Note intact white metal anvil cap. Wrought iron sabot shows lands and grooves of 20 lb. Parrott Rifle. Dug near Vicksburg, MS. by Steve Mullinax.

$350.00 HOLD T.M.


 ART 42. Dug U.S. 3″ Type I Hotchkiss Percussion Fused Shell.

Dug back in the 1970’s near Vicksburg, MS. Very good condition. You can make out some of the patent info on the fuse. No flame grooves. A nice representative example with solid provenance.



ART 43. Excavated Type III 30 lb. (4.2″) Parrott Flat Top Bolt.

Another very nice Vicksburg Projectile found by Steve Mullinax at Vicksburg. This massive bolt is unfired with a perfect brass ring sabot.



ART 44. Dug 3″ U.S. Type I Parrott Shell from Vicksburg, MS.

Another nice Parrott found near Vicksburg, MS. by Steve Mullinax. Note 3 groove Parrott Gun rifling on wrought iron sabot. A great representative example with solid provenance.