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Civil War U.S. Navy Siege Ball

Category: Civil War
Item Number: 12958
Price: $75

Civil War Siege Ball

Civil War unexploded 1" siege ball from the U.S. Navy. Ball was found October 1970 in the side wall of Confederate Fort Huger near Suffolk, Virginia. The fort was built by some 1000 slaves and free blacks in 1861. It took ten months to build and was captured 10 months later. Fort Huger was named after Thomas B. Huger, CSN who had served in the US Navy for 20 years before the war. He commanded a battery at Morris Island in Charleston Harbor, SC, in 1861 and was on the CSS McRae in New Orleans' defense. He was mortally wounded on April 24,1862. Siege ball most likely fired between April and May of 1963 during the Siege of Suffolk.

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