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Confederate “Blow-out” Gardner Bullet, dug Wilderness


Product Description

This is a unique item being offered, it is a Civil War Confederate Gardner bullet. It is the standard Confederate Projectile of the Civil War. The 2-Ring Gardner bullet was produced by the Confederacy and was a staple of the C.S. forces. This excavated Confederate .58 caliber Gardner is a "blow-through" bullet and an excellent example of the result of a poorly manufactured bullet.

According to the Thomas and Thomas' "A Handbook of Civil War Bullets and Cartridges" on page 45 item 163, this was "… caused when an air bubble or some other flaw was cast into the bullet. Upon firing, the gases blew through the nose of the weak bullet." This one was recovered years ago from the Wilderness, VA 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.

While this was not a frequent occurrence, it did happen from time to time. This unique example will be an excellent Confederate display piece for any Civil war bullet or general relic collection

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