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Fired bullet from the Miller’s Cornfield, Antietam, Oct. 1954


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This is another great bullet being offered, it is a fired .58 caliber Union Minie ball. It was recovered by a local Sharpsburg resident in October, 1954, who had permission to hunt the Wilson Farm, a triangular area of private property bordered by the Cornfield Road, Old Hagerstown Pike, and the Smoketown Road. This area borders Miller’s Cornfield and situated between there and the Dunker church.

The rolling landscape of the fields of Sharpsburg, Maryland benefited the artillerists of both armies at the Battle of Antietam on September 17th, 1862. By positioning their guns on the high ground, the combined 500 cannons between the two sides could effectively strike each other’s troops at greater distances. The intensity of the cannon fire at Antietam was so great, Confederate Colonel Stephen D. Lee, who commanded the key artillery position located on the ground where the Visitor Center stands today, referred to the battlefield as "artillery hell."

At dawn on September 17th, Union General George B. McClellan sent General Hooker’s corps to assault General Lee’s left flank to start the single bloodiest day in American military history. Attacks and counterattacks swept across the Miller’s cornfield as fighting swirled around the once peaceful Dunker Church. The brutal fighting at the Sunken Road eventually pierced the Confederate center, but the Federal advantage was not followed up. This fired bullet obviously struck something - it comes in the glass top display case pictured. 

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