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Original U.S. Civil War Battle Of Gettysburg Culp’s Hill War Log - .58 cal Bullet Embedded

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Commonly referred to as a War Log this excellent example was purchased directly from the collector that acquired it in 1973! The projectile is solidly embedded with about 40% showing. It is certainly a bullet (not a ball) as the underside is flat and it appears to be in .58 caliber (Confederate Gardner or U.S. Minie Bullet) but it was crushed on impact. However, traces of the rings on the body of the projectile can still be seen. The wood measures 7.5" x 4" 3" and has a type written note attached to it by wires. It reads:

Bullet in Word found on Culp's Hill, Gettysburg. Found during construction of the battlefield roads in the 1890's. Purchased from Mr. Bender of Gettysburg in 1973. He had gotten it from a local resident of Gettysburg whose family had it in their possession since the 1890's.

Overall a fascinating piece of Civil War history which is consistent with other down examples that originated from Culp's Hill.

During the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1–3, 1863, Culp's Hill was a critical part of the Union Army defensive line, the principal feature of the right flank, or "barbed" portion of what is described as the "fish-hook" line. Holding the hill was by itself unimportant because its heavily wooded sides made it unsuitable for artillery placement, but its loss would have been catastrophic to the Union army. It dominated Cemetery Hill and the Baltimore Pike, the latter being critical for keeping the Union army supplied and for blocking any Confederate advance on Baltimore or Washington, D.C.
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