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Carved Bullet from the Wilderness, Virginia Battlefield

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This is a very unique item being offered, it is a lead bullet which was carved into a spade or arrow shape. During the Civil War it wasn’t all fighting and marching, there was also plenty of down time. There is a saying in today’s army which could also be applied back then, “Hurry up and wait”. To avoid boredom, thoughts of battle and thoughts of home, many soldiers took to whittling – usually pieces of wood or lead bullets. Very few of the wooden examples remain, unless they were saved and brought home. However the lead pieces remain and are still being recovered today. This example was recovered at the Wilderness, Virginia Battlefield. 

The Battle of the Wilderness, fought May 5–7, 1864, was the first battle of General Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Virginia Overland Campaign against General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Both armies suffered heavy casualties, which was an indication of what lied ahead.
The battle was inconclusive and on May 7th, Grant disengaged and moved to the southeast, intending to leave the Wilderness to interpose his army between Lee and Richmond, leading to the bloody Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

This is truly a neat piece and one can only wonder what the soldier was thinking while whittling away on this piece of lead. It comes with the glass-top display case pictured.   


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