Re: Missouri Artillary
I know of a 2 & one eigth ball recovered in West Plains, Woodruff, possibly 4th Iowa Cav. all over South Mo. with Curtis army of Southwest Mo. I have a lead on a ball recovered about 2 miles east of me, within half a mile of where Capt McElroy of the 3rd MSM camped after supervising the election(ORs) in Nov. 1863. Informant said it is about 2" which would seem to be Woodruff. I have a 1.57" ball, no provenance, which would almost have to be a rare confederate Williams gun unless we run across something else that fired a ball that small. A scouting report to Pilot Knob(ORs), I think it was in 1863 or 64, said Tim Reeves was hauling a mountain Howitzer, no specifics, in a buggy. Enjoy your informative posts, keep it up. In our area, with the exception of Curtis army in 1862 and Davidson's army in early 1863,it was mostly cavalry patrols which would have made light field guns and mountain howitzers the likely choice.