A house key sees the light of day. It's an old one and probably fit into one of the many doors of the plantation home.
The key is finally cleaned. The dark green patina is testament to its many years in the Louisiana soil. I feel sure this key was lost by accident.
This pocket knife has an inscribed design on the brass. It's the first one I've seen with this feature. Pocket knives were very common. Every man had one.
Evidence of the soldiers who camped around the house was also found. Here is a pewter canteen spout.
The remains of an eating knife. May have been lost by a soldier. Typical of many of the knives used during the mid 19th century.
Rimfire cartridges were numerous here. These examples date from the mid 1860s-1870s. The invention of the repeating rifle as well as the metallic cartridge revolutionized both warfare and hunting, using firearms.
Several chewed bullets were found. These were probably due to animals knawing on the lead as opposed to soldiers...but still interesting.
Here's a fine example of a "cap and ball" pistol round that has been hard rammed and fired.
Thanks for looking at this post and coming on this journey with me. So much to learn about the people who lived during this time span through the artifacts that were left behind.