With our recent snow/ice storm here in central Mississippi last week, it was definitely time to get back outside once the thaw began this past weekend. Armed with a metal detector, I wanted to find some civil war history at a new site in the Vicksburg campaign. I did manage a few things.
Here's a close up of the musket hammer. I believe this went to a Belgian .69 calibre musket. I've begun the cleaning process. At this point, most of the loose dirt has been cleaned off. Now time to tackle the hard to clean rust.
I know this brass item is difficult to visualize it's function, but it's half of a brass trigger guard to a Kentucky rifle style musket. I say "style" because it matches up closer to the Kentucky rifle trigger guard more than any other style trigger guard I've identified thus far.
Here's a typical fired bullet. This particular one is a British Enfield bullet. Probably fired by a Confederate infantryman.