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Civil War fired bullets recovered in the West Woods of Antietam, April 1955 (SOLD)

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Here are some other nice items being offered, they are two fired bullets. They both appear to be .58 cal. Minie balls, which were once part of the Wentworth Military Academy collection. Most of the items from this collection were carefully identified with recovered locations and dates. These relics were found in the “West Woods” on the Antietam Battlefield in April 1955 (see map location).

A mile north of Sharpsburg was a heavy patch of trees known as the West Woods; it was about 300 yards wide at its southern limits, tapering to 200 yards or less as it stretched away northwest from the Hagerstown Turnpike.

During the morning of September 17, 1862, the West Woods was the scene of some of the opening fighting of the Battle of Antietam and some of the heaviest fighting of the entire war. Around 9:30 a.m., General Edwin Sumner's Union Second Corps advanced into the West Woods. The combined firepower of Confederate artillery and attacking infantry drove them back. Union General John Sedgwick's division lost more than 2,200 men in less than 30 minutes in their ill-fated charges against General Stonewall Jackson’s troops.

Today, Antietam National Battlefield is reforesting its historic woodlots to their wartime appearance, including the West Woods. Since March 1995, volunteers have come to the park every spring and fall season with the mission of planting hardwood seedlings to bring the West and North Woods to their September 1862 appearance. These relics come from one of the most historic areas of the Civil War. I had several of these Wentworth bullets, but now they are just about gone. They come in the glass top display case pictured.

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