Rev. War Fragment Of British Naval Heavy Mortar Shell – SOLD

An old tag in period ink was adhered to the inside and reads, “Revolutionary fragment of British shell, Honeyman’s Hill, Oct. 24, 1863.  H.C. Gurnie.”

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This fragment was found on Honeyman’s Hill, Triverton, Rhode Island; the site of a major Continental encampment and fort established during the Battle for Rhode Island in 1778 that was bombarded with British navy mortars on August 16-20, 1778.
 The hill overlooked the town of Triverton. American forces would eventually retreat in late August, pursued by the British.
 This heavy iron mortar fragment measures 5 inches across the widest span.
 An old tag in period ink was adhered to the inside and reads, “Revolutionary fragment of British shell, Honeyman’s Hill, Oct. 24, 1863.  H.C. Gurnie.”
 The old paper and ink have remained intact, and have been kept in a small corrugated cardboard box since 1971 with a typed label recording the information on the period label affixed to the fragment.
 Great piece of Revolutionary War history.
 
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