Cannon Ball From Harpers Ferry Campaign

Date:
C. 1860s
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0017
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Stone Cannon Ball

Cannon balls hand-carved of stone were common because stone was less expensive than iron or lead. Stone balls also conserved gunpowder by requiring less of a charge, and being comparatively soft, caused more damage to troops, sails, and rigging as they often shattered upon impact, creating shrapnel.

Spike Shot Found At Saratoga

Description (physical):

Iron

Location:
648 Route 32,New York,Saratoga,12170
Identifier:
SARA 46
Institution:
Saratoga National Historic Park
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Frag Cannonball

Date:
1863

This is a Civil War cannonball fragment that has been significantly worn, as the rough surface confirms.

Description (physical):

Material: Iron. H: 10.5cm, W: 9.5cm.

Location:
5801 Oxford Road Glen Echo,Maryland 20812
Identifier:
CLBA 3645
Institution:
National Park Service