8 Inch Mortar Ball Fired By 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery, Spanish Fort, AL, April 1865

The 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery Regiment, nicknamed the “Jackass Regiment”, served the Union Army during the Civil War from 1861-1866. They fought in the Battle of Mobile bay taking Fort Morgan, Blakely and Gaines between August 1864 and April 1865. This 8 inch mortar ball was fired during the siege of Spanish Fort and was found there. It still has the original wood fuse but is no longer live.