100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #90: Hotchkiss Shell Fragment Battle of Nashville!

100 FINDS IN 100 DAYS: #90: Hotchkiss Shell Fragment Battle of Nashville!

Note:   In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.

KEEPER:  Nice cross section of a Hotchkiss Artillery Shell detonated during the Battle of Nashville, December 15-16, 1864

SITE:  Yard in a neighborhood

SITE EVALUATION:  6 of 10  Yard wasn’t trashy.  Lots of big iron signals here.  Let’s go for it.

PERMISSION:  Young couple from Wisconsin had no idea they were in middle of battlefield.  They actually thanked me for dropping by after the hunt.

KEY PRINCIPLES:

Heed the Clues:   I found a piece of artillery lead sabot, which is the lead ring that goes around a shell to make it conform to the barrel of the cannon.    I then decided I would dig all big iron signals hoping for a shell or shell fragments.

Don’t Make Assumptions about a Yard:  This was a part of Nashville that hadn’t produced a lot Civil War relics for me but had produced lots of silver.  I’m guilty often of making assumptions based on yards around the current site.  Treasure is where you find it.  Get in there and let the site tell you what’s went on there.

Reverse of fragment showing artillery fuse threads, pictured with a matching fuse I found last week.

Reverse of fragment showing artillery fuse threads, pictured with a matching fuse I found last week.

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