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Civil War “Pain Bullet” recovered in Middle Tennessee,, (SOLD)

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This is another interesting piece being offered, it is what is referred to as a “Pain Bullet”. It is a chewed .69 caliber ball with very distinctive teeth marks in the lead. It was recovered in mid-Tennessee (see map).

Middle Tennessee was central to extensive fighting from 1861 – 1865. Like Virginia, Tennessee was a battleground state, trapped between the Union states and the original Confederate states. Knowing that their lands would be where the primary battles would be fought, Tennessee was the last state to secede from the Union on June 8, 1861. The decision to secede was favored by West Tennessee, opposed by East Tennessee, leaving Middle Tennessee as the final swing vote.

Tennessee would see military battles within a year. Fort Donelson (and Fort Henry in Kentucky) fell in February 1862, with the city of Clarksville and Fort Defiance surrendering within days. Nashville would also surrender as Confederate troops abandoned the city and moved further south. These early events led to the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. Fort Negley would be established to hold Nashville in 1862. It did not see action until the Battle of Nashville in 1864.

Stones River (Murfreesboro, TN) would first see military action July 1862, with the Second Battle of Stones River occurring over New Year’s 1862. Action would continue in Tennessee throughout the war. Nathan Bedford Forrest would continually raid throughout the area. A final push by the Confederate Army north brought action to Fort Granger during the Battle of Franklin and would proceed no further than Nashville, with the Battle of Nashville where Fort Negley saw service.

This bullet and several others were recovered by a local digger from these battlefields in Middle Tennessee. There are examples of pain bullets in the Gettysburg Museum and in "Pictorial Introduction to Civil War Medicine" (see pictures). I also have one pictured in both of my books "Battle of Gettysburg - The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs" and “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items” (see pictures).

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