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Graphic Warning: Effects of Civil War Canister

Discussion in 'Cannons and Artillery' started by Cumpston1862, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Cumpston1862

    Cumpston1862 First Sergeant Trivia Game Winner

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    The attached picture is believed to be the skull of an African-American Federal soldier killed in South Carolina during the siege for Charleston. This ghastly wound was found when his remains were uncovered during reburial operations after the war ended.

    Effects of a Canister Ball on a Soldier in the 54th Mass. Infantry.jpg
     

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  3. bdietzler73

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    The effects of canister are great that's for sure. What a powerful photo to show the effects of that deadly Civil War weapon. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    At least he didn't suffer.
     
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    Wow, that is a very powerful photo showing what weapons did to human flesh and bones during the Civil War.
     
  6. Custers Luck

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    he looks like he ate alot of corn meal hes teeth are so worn and rounded and maybe an older man, ya he went fast, I wonder what made them keep his skull.
     
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    He did not suffer.
     
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    After the war ended there were Federal soldiers buried pell mell all over the south. Many of them were buried quite hastily and without much care of sanitary considerations. So the government for many years after the war transferred the bodies to national cemeteries. Some unique wounds were kept for study and probably some unscrupulous souveniring occurred as well. Which one happened here in this case I don't know.
     
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    good point. it never dawn on me that some one would want a souvenir, it makes more sense now,
     
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    The 54th Massachusetts endured heavy canister fire when attacking Fort Wagner. They were taking fire from 2 32-pounder Howitzers, a 42-pounder Carronade, 2 8-inch shell guns, and 3 32-pounder Carronades. The 32-pounder Howitzers were firing double canister, each canister round packed with about 36 shot. The larger guns firing shells, canister, and possibly even grapeshot since some of the larger guns positioned in coastal batteries were issued grapeshot, unlike field batteries.
     
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    I have an artifact in my collection given to me years ago from a old landlord of mine, that is simular to the Canister Shot and after having it researched found out is is a Grapeshot, just one ball has some weight to it, imagine a bag full of them. And the ball I have has been a topic of dicussion when I have company over and we all agree that these balls Rain's Death on anybody that was unfortunate enough to be in front of or under them (depending on the position of the canon) when it the packet blew !!!
     
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    prelude to modern devastating weapons of war.
     
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    From the size of the hole, one would think a lot more of the skull would have been shattered.
     
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    The skull was found on the site of Battery Wagner I believe. No doubt one of the federal soldiers attempting to take the Fort in July '63
     
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    OK, we've seen it. It's been photographed and studied.
    Now bury whats left of this soldier with full military honors.
     
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    The Grist mill of that time used a stone, to grind the corn. It seems to me that some of the grit from the stone cause his teeth to wear. That is a mighty big hole in his head! It is a wonder that it didn't come out the other side!
     
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    This skull belongs in a grave in a military cemetery. Humans are not objects who should be displayed in museums.
     
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    You are so right
     
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    I would much rather be hit with ammunition from today than yesteryear. Especially a .58 cal Minie ball. YIKES!!!!:eek::eek::eek:
     
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    The Minie ball was a nasty Bullet. Shelby Foote Explained that Modern Bullets, when they hit the bone, It would break the bone....The Minie Ball would hit the bone and would shatter, If I remember right.
     
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    That sounds right to me :smile:
     

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