Civil War-Rare Cannon Ball & Civil War Fired Bullets Found in Virginia #1342
The roughly 1 ½ pound cannon ball was dug in Virginia as were the bullets. The person who did the work with the metal detector said that the bullets were Confederate issue, which I am not qualified to determine. The general issue rifles were, of course, different from the North to the South. If an expert out there is aware I am incorrect please let me know! I believe these are from an Enfield rifle.
Also, as you can see from the condition, these were fired not dropped. Millions of bullets found throughout the North and South show no damage whatsoever because they were dropped. Think about the numbers if every soldier on both sides happened to drop/lose just a few bullets during the war—there are your millions!
I believe based on the ball’s size that it was fired as part of a cannister load of balls as opposed to an individual cannon shot, which would have been much larger in every case. Can you imagine an oversize coffee can shot out of a cannon and headed for you full of these monstrosities? It actually feels heavier than it is due to how compact and solid it is.
This lot consists of the CANNON BALL and FIVE BULLETS. If you would like just one or more bullets, they are very inexpensive and listed separately in the auction as well.