2 Pounder shot or Mill Stone?

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03-08-2015, 11:43 PM
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2 Pounder shot or Mill Stone?
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[font=Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif]Howdy Hunters...Been a while since my last post only because the weather has truly sucked. [/font]
[font=Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif]I really really believe I found a rare woodruff 2pounder shell today. Where I was, was at a know Union Artillery site and occupied by Units from Iowa, Illinois, & Missouri Calvary. Found in Missouri at the site of a good sized skirmish. I could use some help on clarification. I can only assume, and have several scenarios on why i found this ball were it was(behind Union lines). Also found in this field so far was drop & fired bullets. The first scenario is...The confederate guns were at le[/font][font=Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif]ast 3/4 to a mile away firing at this position I was searching in. Way to far for this ball. A Conf. gun(size wasn't mentioned in what I've read) was brought closer to the fight a couple of hours in. Maybe to 500 yards. It was soon abandoned due to close in Union fire. The 6 Confederate guns Noted in writings were 6 pounders and a rifled 12 pound howitzer, & the extra. The second scenario...is From what I've read, The Woodruff 2 pound howitzer was like the unwanted stepchild in the Civil War. It got passed down and around from Calvary unit to another. I have not found out yet as what guns the Union forces possessed during the skirmish. If it was still a Union gun at the time, I'm guessing it's a drop due to the condition. From the pictures you can see It is out of round so to speak. This Is where I need help. Would a ball with this deformity( so to speak) be fired from a smooth bore in this condition? I've also heard its a possible Mill Stone for grinding. The closest Mill was 1/2 mile away. If it was a mill stone wouldn't the edges be smoother? Thanks in advance for any help. I don't want to say I have a cannon ball until I can really clarify it a bit more.[/font]


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03-09-2015, 01:31 AM
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Nice finds, congrats!

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03-09-2015, 02:45 AM
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From the Internet

Since these were smoothbores, and since there is no record of special projectiles for them, it seems reasonable they were expected to fire 2.02 to 2.06-inch standard iron balls intended for 12-pounder grape shot or 32-pounder canister. According to contemporary ordnance manuals, this ball was expected to weigh 1.14 pounds



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03-09-2015, 07:43 AM
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Nice ammo!!! That's amazing!

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03-09-2015, 08:52 AM
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Cool find!Im hoping its a cannonball. It looks from your pick that maybe the mold it was formed from was slightly off?

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03-09-2015, 09:40 AM
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Nice Finds.

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03-09-2015, 10:40 AM
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Thanks here is the in the field Picture.


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03-09-2015, 12:06 PM
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Great find there Dog

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03-09-2015, 03:00 PM
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Sweet finds.

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03-10-2015, 06:33 PM
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Great balls of fire, terrific find! Congratulations.

I am no expert but back then do you really think it would have been perfectly round?
I would bet they loaded anything they could get their hands on! But I am not an expert. I hope you find out and post it for us

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