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My Favorite Artillery Pieces

Rick W

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I did not dig the 2 "restored" shells on the right, but I know the history. The CS Reed shell was plowed up on a farm that used to be my Great Grandfather's plantation. There was a small battle that took place there. The CS case shot cannonball was found in an old house at Sayler's Creek decades ago. That was non-dug. The CS Reed on the left was dug.
 

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Confetrit

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I did not dig the 2 "restored" shells on the right, but I know the history. The CS Reed shell was plowed up on a farm that used to be my Great Grandfather's plantation. There was a small battle that took place there. The CS case shot cannonball was found in an old house at Sayler's Creek decades ago. That was non-dug. The CS Reed on the left was dug.
Rick, that is some great looking CW Confetrit' ordinance. I love those Reed Shells. The ball is cool too. The only complete shell I dug was a Confetrit' 12 pounder I dug back in the late 80's. I was lucky in that this shell had a wooden fuse which was long gone. The ball's inner powder chamber still obtained a small amount of black powder. I loved that smell of the old powder. I was going to ask you if you treated your shells with the product, Gemplers. They look great. I used this in treating my shell and my shell frags and was pleased with the finished results.
 

Rick W

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Rick, that is some great looking CW Confetrit' ordinance. I love those Reed Shells. The ball is cool too. The only complete shell I dug was a Confetrit' 12 pounder I dug back in the late 80's. I was lucky in that this shell had a wooden fuse which was long gone. The ball's inner powder chamber still obtained a small amount of black powder. I loved that smell of the old powder. I was going to ask you if you treated your shells with the product, Gemplers. They look great. I used this in treating my shell and my shell frags and was pleased with the finished results.
The old man that restored the 2 on the right died some years ago. I've never heard of Gemplers. I always wiped my shells down with Tung oil. It keeps them from rusting further, but doesn't make them "shine".
 

Confetrit

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The old man that restored the 2 on the right died some years ago. I've never heard of Gemplers. I always wiped my shells down with Tung oil. It keeps them from rusting further, but doesn't make them "shine".
They look good. The product Gemplers treats the iron for the inside out and prevents the iron from rusting. It leaves the iron with a sheen, but not a glossy finish.
 

Odanscoils

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I did not dig the 2 "restored" shells on the right, but I know the history. The CS Reed shell was plowed up on a farm that used to be my Great Grandfather's plantation. There was a small battle that took place there. The CS case shot cannonball was found in an old house at Sayler's Creek decades ago. That was non-dug. The CS Reed on the left was dug.
Ever find any slave tags on the oll plantation ?
 

Odanscoils

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Up here on the shores of lake Erie.
The underground railroad homes on the lake.
Guys have found quite a few. Have one at the end of my street. Though unlike other's.
I won't go on protected sites.
At least they used to be.
Looking run down lately.
 
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