CS 3” READ SHELL ID’D TO EDWARD C. BLOCKER, 138TH PA. INFANTRY

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Item Code: 809-10

This is an early Gettysburg battlefield pickup by Blocker, a resident of Adams County, PA. It is a mint condition, unfired shell with a copper sabot. The top bourrelet band is flush on one side of shell and very pronounced on the other side. The bottom bourrelet band near the sabot is also very pronounced. Nice mould seams on sides. This shell would have used a wood fuse plug.

Blocker was a carpenter before entering the army. 29 years of age, 5’9” tall, of dark complexion with blue eyes and brown hair. This Bendersville resident enlisted for three years at Harrisburg, PA on 9/19/1862 and was mustered our near Washington, DC on 6/23/1865. He was charged with desertion on 2/6/1863 and arrested in Baltimore being sent to stragglers camp before returning to his regiment under Lincoln’s March 30 Prayer & Fasting Proclamation. Charge of desertion was officially removed from his record in 1886. Blocker suffered from chronic rheumatism and was hospitalized from May of 1864 until his discharge. He later received a disability pension for heart disease evidently developed during the punishing marches made by his regiment in pursuit of Lee following the Battle of Gettysburg. During his time with the 138th he participated in Bristoe and Mine Run campaigns. Blocher died on 2/24/1924 in Bendersville, PA.

A choice, early Gettysburg relic found by a local resident.  [jet]

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