Ketchum hand grenade

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Titles Ketchum hand grenade
Description A Ketchum hand grenade of the type used during the Civil War. The grenade consists of a plunger and casing, which would have held the main charge. A wooden tailpiece with fins (not present) was designed to stabilize flight when thrown. Ketchum grenades were largely inefficient because they had to land directly on their nose in order to detonate. Donated by the wife of Captain Mortimer M. Wheeler of the 5th Iowa Cavalry, Company E.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 5 1/2 inches height
2 1/2 inches diameter
Nomenclature hand grenade
Materials iron (metal)
Subjects Used by: Wheeler, Mortimer M.
United States, Army, Iowa Cavalry Regiment, 5th (1861-1865), Company E
Used in: United States
Used in: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armament. Tools & Equipment. Ammunition
Military. 1861-1865 (Civil & Indian Wars). Equipment & Supplies
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1861 - Not later than 1865 (Civil War. The Ketchum grenade was reportedly patented on 20 Aug 1861.)
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 6543.5 (Accession Number)

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