Washed Up Artillery Shell from Champion Hill

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Tom Hughes

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I had never experienced this before.
Me and a relic hunting buddy were walking a logging area near Champion Hill in Mississippi a couple of weeks ago and he looks down and there's a 20 pounder Parrott shell washed up in the bulldozer cut. I couldn't believe it.
Crazy, huh???

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thats really cool... i went to coosahatchi, sc couple weeks ago with my magnet... i stood on top of the tressel and was casting out trying to pull one up... i figured the union came up the river n blew up the tressel there... only retrieved some old railroad nails n such... anyway, good find... make sure that shell cant go off.
 

Tom Hughes

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thats really cool... i went to coosahatchi, sc couple weeks ago with my magnet... i stood on top of the tressel and was casting out trying to pull one up... i figured the union came up the river n blew up the tressel there... only retrieved some old railroad nails n such... anyway, good find... make sure that shell cant go off.
I went magnet fishing a few years back and found a 6 pounder cannonball fragment in a river. Magnet fishing is pretty neat. Lots of stuff lost in rivers.
 

Rusk County Avengers

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Lucky son of a.....gun.

Congratulations on an awesome find, as someone who grew up on bulldozers and other heavy equipment, I can't say its not too surprising a Parrott shell would turn up out of the ground on a battlefield. That someone would notice it and grab it is surprising and incredibly lucky.
 
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Belfoured

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Awesome find! Based on the location, any idea how to determine which battle\part of the battle\ possible unit that fired it?
Thinking the same thing about id'g the unit. I've been looking in my spare time to figure out which batteries at the battle were outfitted with 20 lb Parrotts (assuming that it ended up there during the battle)
 
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