Whitworth Bullet for Confederate Sharpshooter

This Whitworth bullet for Confederate sharpshooter is in very good condition and was recovered at a construction site in the area of Fort Negley in Nashville, TN.  Its surface has an overall waxy tan-brown patina and measures approximately .450 inches in diameter and approximately 1.40 inches in length.  There is a very minor surface chipping at its tip and base but is otherwise in near perfect condition with no repairs.  This Whitworth bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection. Ref. M&M 250

PLEASE READ the following interesting information from Wikipedia about the "Whitworth Sharpshooters":

"The gun proved to be an accurate and deadly instrument. Its most remembered act was on May 9, 1864 at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, where Union General John Sedgwick urged his men to leave a ditch in which they lay in order to cover from the Confederate snipers hidden 800 to 1000 yards away. According to Martin T. McMahon, Brevet Major-General, U.S.V. [Chief-of-Staff, Sixth Corps], he and General Sedgwick were walking along the line when he [Sedgwick] noticed a soldier dodging a near-passing bullet, and said to him."

"What? Men dodging this way for single bullets? What will you do when they open fire along the whole line? I am ashamed of you. I'm ashamed of you, dodging that way. They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."

Just seconds later he fell forward with a bullet hole below his left eye.



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