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Civil War “Bullet-in-Wood” from the Ft. Fisher, NC Battlefield (SOLD,BS)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a “Bullet-in-Wood”, measuring 3” x 1 ½”. It appears to be a .58 caliber Minie Ball, and a good part of it is covered by the wood from the tree it struck. The lead from the bullet has a chemical reaction with the wood which in turn will often preserve the wood that surrounds the projectile. This piece was recovered from Ft. Fisher, NC on the Cape Fear side (see pictures).

After being informed about the large Union army heading toward Wilmington, General Lee ordered Major General Robert Hoke's Division to Fort Fisher. Also, Hoke took command of all Confederate forces in the Wilmington area.

The Union attack started on December 24, 1864, with a naval bombardment. The firepower of Fort Fisher was temporarily silenced because some of its gun positions exploded. This allowed the Navy to land Union infantry. The landing force was intercepted by the arrival of Hoke's troops.

The Union attack was effectively thwarted, and on December 27 Benjamin Butler ordered the withdrawal of his 1,000 soldiers who were still on the beach. This was in defiance of Grant's orders, which were to besiege the fort if the assault failed. Because Butler disobeyed his orders, he was relieved of command by Grant. This is a nice piece and is in solid condition.

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