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Original Civil War fired bullet recovered at Culp’s Hill, Gettysburg (SOLD3)

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A while back I was fortunate to acquire some interesting, fired bullets that were recovered many years ago from the Culp’s Hill area of the Gettysburg battlefield – some I retained for my personal collection, and a few others I am going to let go.

Being offered here is a fired bullet which was recovered on private property on Culp’s Hill, Gettysburg. It is a .58 caliber Minie Ball bullet that is somewhat flattened. The digger did not wash these bullets but only brushed off the dirt – much of it is left inside the bullets. In my book "Battle of Gettysburg - The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs", I discuss Culp's Hill and other artifacts recovered from that area.

Culp’s Hill was the right-most flank of the "fishhook" line formed by Union Army troops during the Battle of Gettysburg and saw fierce and brutal fighting all three days of the battle. Culp’s Hill has two rounded peaks with a narrow saddle between them. Although heavily wooded and unsuitable for artillery, the main peak of Culp’s Hill rises substantially above the surrounding landscape. Nearby Baltimore Pike was critical for Union Army supplies and preventing a Confederate advance on Baltimore or Washington, DC - Culp’s Hill was critical to Union strategy.

The bullets I have were recovered on private property. The National Park Service acknowledges there are at least 100, maybe more than 200 Confederate soldiers that are still interred in the thick woods that cover the Culp’s Hill area. Battlefield Park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon commented that an unearthed bullet from the battlefield might have been lodged inside a decomposed soldier. This is a great 100% Gettysburg fired bullet.

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