15 November 2013

Metal Detecting Post #106 - Recent Civil War Recoveries


The piece on the left is a shell fragment. The round brass piece is the center part of a fuse from a Schenkl Shell. Here's what it would have looked like in the shell.
From ShilohRelics.com


The whitish lead piece is a finial from a percussion cap box - most likely Confederate. It was also likely carved by a soldier from a bullet. The dark part on the finial is actually some remaining leather from the cap box - still there after 150 years. I recovered all of these items recently on private property here in the Shenandoah Valley - with permission from the landowner, of course. Stonewall Jackson was on this field.

2 comments:

RightsideVA said...

Very interesting and it's amazing what can be found with effort. There is so much history out there just for the searching. I recently found a "Porter & Ale" squat blob top bottle from the 1860-80 era which made a nice addition to the collection...
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Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, it is quite amazing what history we walk over every day. That sounds like a really nice bottle. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment.