This excavated base carved Confederate .58 caliber Gardner bullet was recovered from a campsite in the area of Cedar Creek, VA. and was acquired directly from the digger. Civil War bullets are sometimes excavated with whittle marks or sometimes even intricate carvings hand-crafted by soldiers using their pocket knives just to pass the time, however, rarely do we see Confederate carved bullets. The carving marks on the base of this bullet are clearly visible in the additional images. A non-carved excavated .58 caliber Gardner bullet is pictured with this carved example to demonstrate the before and after appearance. The carved bullet has an overall tan patina with some damage to the surface of its upper body. The way the bottom portion is carved away leads me to believe that the bullet may have been used as a stopper or plug on some other piece of equipment. It will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection. Approximately .576 x 1.06 inch. M&M 170, T&T 161, & RBTR Part Four 389.
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