JUST ADDED ON 7/20 - THE SIEGE OF VICKSBURG - A Confederate Converted Artillery Shell Fuse Adapter
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This brass fuse adapter for a Parrott artillery shell was converted, almost certainly by the Confederates - note the crudely cut square hole at the top. It may have been that they were adapting it for use with a percussion insert. I have never seen a conversion like this before. It was recovered by Terry Waxham at Vicksburg in the 1970s. A provenance letter is included.