Item: Carved .69 Caliber Three Ring Bullet
Condition: Excavated. Overall white patina. Most of the upper body was carved away leaving a tower approximately 1/2 inch in length. Portions of the lower sides have also been carved away. No repairs.
Recovered: Camp French in Evansport, Prince William County, VA
Approximate size: .688 inch diameter at rings, .988 inch length (after carving).
Reference: M&M: page 46 / Thomas' RBTR Part One, pages 247-249.
Comments: This excavated camp carved bullet was acquired directly from the digger who recovered it decades ago in an area occupied by the 35th Georgia Camp French during the winter of 1861-1862. Occasionally bullets are recovered with whittle marks or, in rare instances, intricate carvings, hand-crafted by soldiers using their pocket knives just to pass the time. This carved example has well-defined carve marks, or "flats", along the tower. The digger surmised that the bullet may have been used as a game piece. It measures approximately .651 x .851 inches and will be an excellent addition to any excavated carved Civil War bullet or general relic collection.
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