The Civil War in Missouri

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Artillery Canister

1861
MHM Collections

This empty container was reputedly taken from the battlefield. It appears to be an empty round of canister shot, which would have been filled with metal balls and sawdust and loaded into a cannon. When fired it acted like a large shotgun shell, blasting the enemy with its load.