This excavated Federal Sharps carbine bullet is in excellent condition and is from the collection of the legendary Mac Mason. Mac Mason was a historian, author, and artist who applied his skillful and artistic lettering to many Civil War artifacts. This bullet is one of those artifacts and is marked with his recognizable lettering style of: "COLD HARBOR / 6-26-78" indicating its recovery location and date. Mac's use of red ink, in this instance, is an unusual feature for his bullets as most were lettered in black. Mac also co-authored "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement" which is still widely used by diggers and collectors in the identification of Civil War bullets. In the additional images to the left of this description is an image and additional information about Mac Mason. The battle of Cold Harbor was part of Grant's Overland Campaign (May-June 1864) and occurred from May 31 - June 12, 1864. The surface of this bullet, with its very pleasing waxy tan-white patina and visible mold seam, will be an excellent addition to any Civil War bullet or general relic collection. Approx. .54 inch diameter & .94 inch length. Ref. McKee & Mason #203.
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