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A01657 - Exquisite 3in Camden Read shell

Item Number: A01657

Item Title: Exquisite 3in Camden Read shell

Price: $1200

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: CS





Dickey and George (1993 Edition) Page 265

Location Recovered: Camden, SC

Description:Rarity 8 "Camden Read" shell in excellent condition.

At the end of the war, the Confederates were racing from all pooints in the South to group up with Johnson and then Lee's armies. Johnson's surrender at Durham, NC put an end to that and most of the Confederates dropped their ordnance where they were when they found out and went home.

These shells and a cannon were stashed in the crawl space under a house in Camden, SC. In the 1970s, the shells were discovered, but the cannon was gone leaving only its imprint in the ground. The shells were then used to line the owner's driveway and sunk in the cement.

Hurricane Hugo came along and destroyed the house, thereby freeing up the shells for the collector market. The condition is generally excellent because of the way they had been stored all those years. Still, these are very uncommon late war shells with mis-matched bourrelets from hasty or sub par manufacturing.

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