I was fortunate enough to be on a dig in Vicksburg where me and some relic hunting buddies uncovered some Navy Watercap Lead Safety Fuze Tabs.
I retrieved two from the hole - a 5 second and 10 second tab.
Here are the two specimens.
They were found in Vicksburg near Fort Hill on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.
Pete George, the "godfather of civil war artillery" made these comments:
"They are indeed civil war era lead safety seals from a US Navy Watercap (waterproof) artillery shell fuzeplug. The seal was put in place by the...
From 1856, one of the earliest cartoons I can find where someone stuck a pen into the ' new ' fashion. By the time crinoline became obsolete there would be a lot more.
Because the war years fall smack in the middle of the hoop skirt/crinoline fashion craze images of bell shaped women are almost a back drop. 150 years later contention surrounding this slightly outrageous fashion extreme is never mentioned- we're just smitten by the idea of belles kinda floating along magnolia lined lanes on the arm of her cavalier. That kind of thing.
I wanted to put this rifle bullet up on this thread for two reasons: 1. For me to tell you what kind of bullet I think this is.
2. For you to tell me what kind of bullet you think this is.
Either way, I hope you find it interesting.
I found this unusual bullet at a camp site used heavily during the civil war. But, occupation troops also occupied the grounds. The site was a popular place militarily for a while.
I thought I had found a standard 3 ring minie ball till I noticed that it had a solid base and evidence of "crimping" indicating that it had been in a metallic cartridge. I...
Late in 1909, the year of the Lincoln Centennial, 74-year-old Mrs. Eliza Wells of Ypsilanti, Michigan, sat down and told Illinois journalist L. M. Cramer, of events some 56 years past, that had changed her life. She had been a young woman then, suddenly alone and rudderless in a world of loss.
“I had thrown myself across my mother’s coffin and was crying my heart out, when a kindly hand patted me on my head, and a still kinder voice said, ‘Eliza girl. Poor Eliza girl. Come home with us. Our house is...
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