Original Civil War Percussion Hotchkiss Artillery Shell Recovered Near Meade’s Headquarters Gettysburg Battlefield. A very nice unexploded Civil War 3″ Hotchkiss shell deactivated, inert, no gun powder or explosives, safe). It has a scarce percussion fuse. This shell was found on the east side of the Tawneytown road at the current Vistor Center Tawneytown Road entrance (behind Meade’s Headquarters). It was recovered by legendary early relic hunter, historian and author Dean Thomas. It was recovered on what was then private property. This was most likely an overshot by the Confederate guns on Seminary Ridge shooting at the Union guns along Cemetery Ridge during Pickett’s Charge on July 3, 1863. The shell is in remarkably good condition being an earlier pick up. It does have some pitting (see photos). Although this is a Union shell there is no doubt it was shot by Confederate guns using a captured Union shell adding an interesting part of the story. Relics from this area rarely come up for sale. Comes with a deaccession letter from the Gettysburg Museum of History documenting the provenance of this artifact. Do not miss your chance to own this very historical artifact from Histories most famous cannon duel during Pickett’s Charge.