Screen shot of the Charleston Museum's website showing photos of Civil War shells and ammunition on exhibit at the Charleston Museum (photo courtesy charlestonmuseum.org)
Charleston, S.C. (AP) -- An exhibit opening at the Charleston Museum focuses on the shells and ammunition used during the Civil War.
More than 100 rarely displayed shells, fuses and other munitions are part of an exhibit entitled "Blasted."
The display officially opens Friday at the museum in the city historians say has been bombarded more than any other city in the Western Hemisphere.
The exhibit includes a number of cutting-edge shells developed during the war such as timed fuses, metallic cartridges for small arms and river torpedoes or mines designed to sink vessels.
The exhibit continues through Sept. 10.
It also includes a rare shell designed to penetrate Union ironclad vessels.
The war began with the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.