This Civil War relic display includes nine excavated teeth marked bullets all recovered from various areas of the Petersburg, VA campaign. They were acquired directly from the Virginia relic hunter who kept detailed records of his finds. Bullets recovered with teeth marks have fascinated diggers and collectors over the years. The term "hospital bullet" has been loosely used to describe any bullet that appears to have teeth marks, either human or animal. The term is derived from the supposed use of bullets placed between the teeth of the upper and lower jaw of severely wounded soldiers during field surgery to prevent the soldier from biting their own tongue, since anesthesia was either limited or non-existent. While this story may hold some truth, the teeth marks found in excavated bullets are more likely to be that of animals foraging for food than human. Only a human dental expert or forensic pathologist would be able to determine if the teeth marks were indeed human. That being said, diggers have found bullets with teeth marks at Civil War hospital sites. The glass top display case, measuring approximately 6-3/4 x 8-3/4 x 3/4 inch, will be included. The items are held in place by the pressure of the glass top resting upon the items and the rear felt covered batting material. The case and its glass top are secured by straight pins on either side of the box. These bullets will be an excellent display for any office, den, or family room, and will also be a great gift for the American history buff.
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