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Grapeshot and Quilted Shot
Grapeshot and Quilted Shot - Image: © Copyright Aeragon 2008; all rights reserved.
Grapeshot and Quilted Shot
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Grapeshot was a type of antipersonnel ammunition, and it consisted of a multiple of some type of usually round shot. The shot could be made of cast iron, lead or other metals or materials. The main difference between case shot and grapeshot was that grapeshot normally had larger and fewer balls and a different configuration. There were slightly different designs of grapeshot. One of the most common designs, pictured on the left, used 9 balls held together by a central bolt with plates or rings. Another common type, pictured in the center, had more, but smaller, balls and a central rod with a bottom plate of wood or metal. Quilted shot, pictured here on the right, consisted of essentially grapeshot with a fabric cover to hold the assembly together until firing. In many cases, the fabric cover was dipped in pitch or tar.

Nasty Little Surprises
Piles of grape shot, etc., in the Arsenal grounds.
Nasty Little Surprises
Photo: 1865, Alexander Gardner
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
Washington, D.C.

Piles of solid shot, canister shot, grape shot, etc., in the Arsenal grounds at Richmond, Virginia. Photograph of the main eastern theater of war, fallen Richmond, April-June 1865.

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