Burnside Cartridge Case and Bullet

This excavated .54 caliber Burnside cartridge case and bullet are both in good condition. Both were recovered in the Fredericksburg, VA area but not from the same exact location. The case has a very pleasing brown-green patina. There is a tiny hole and a couple of tiny fractures in the top rim. The rest of the cartridge is in good solid condition. The Burnside bullet has a grey patina and a flat base. It measures .564 inches in diameter and .799 inches in length. Due to very light surface build-up on the bullet's base, along with a slightly out-of-round cartridge opening, the bullet will not fit into the cartridge case opening.

Similar examples of Burnside cartridges are pictured in:

  • "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement" by W. Reid McKee and M. E. Mason, Jr. on page 86, item #85.
  • "A Handbook of Civil War Bullets and Cartridges" by James E. Thomas and Dean S. Thomas on page 21, #89.
  • "Round Ball to Rimfire, Part Two" by Dean S. Thomas, on page 15, #356, and page 18.
  • "Some Civil War Bullets 2" by Thomas J. Stelma, page 9.
  • "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch, page 108.

Scans of the above noted reference book pages are included in the additional images.

This cartridge will not only be an excellent display piece, or educational Civil War firearm relic, but also an great addition to any Civil War cartridge or general relic collection.   

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