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Confederate 8-inch Armstrong Bolt

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b_200_200_16777215_0___images_stories_new_products_Cat-Artillery_museum-8-inch-armstrong-bolt_CCR384200111241614501.jpgBeautiful 8" Armstrong bolt of the type recovered from the 8" Armstrong battery at Fort Fisher by the North's most active shell collector - General Abbot and illustrated in his treatise on Civil War siege warfare.

The celebrated commander of Fort Fisher, Col. William Lamb, noted in his day book the receipt of Wilmington N.C. manufactured bolt's for the Armstrong rifle and expressed concern that their general use would damage the delicate rifling of the weapon.

The Armstrong Gun and it's beautiful Mahoghany carriage were presented as a gift to President Davis from Armstrong and was no doubt fired in his honor when he visited Fort Fisher in 1864. During the first attack on Fort Fisher the Armstrong was held in reserve until late in the second day when a "steel shot amidships" drove Porter's flagship off the bar. Perhaps it was a shot such as this.

After the capture of Fort Fisher in January, 1865 the Armstrong appears as the subject of several wonderful period photographs. In one of the photographs the interior of the Armstrong gun chamber can be seen and at least 9 of these mighty projectiles can be counted. Shortly therafter the Armstrong gun was removed from Fort Fisher along with some of it's ammunition and sent North. Today the gun is on display at West Point.

This projectile is in wonderful non-dug condition. Lathe dimples are evident on both the top and bottom. The top was chamfered to reduce wear on the bore. The shell body is machined from top to bottom.

Height: 12.75 in  Diameter: 8 in

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