Friday, May 8, 2009

Minie Balls and Caps

Here is the map illustrating the locations of the Minie balls and percussion caps recovered from the Union encampment. The find spots are circled in red.

Map showing Civil War era ordnance.

Doesn't look like much, does it; but the image is deceiving. The circle in the lower right hand corner includes two .58 caliber US Army issued projectiles, a .54 caliber Burnside carbine projectile, and three percussion caps. Furthermore, this is the area in which Steve has found a number of projectiles and pieces of personal belongings. The circle to the northwest identifies the recovery of another .58 caliber projectile. We recovered another percussion cap across the ravine. The find in the northwest corner of the site is a modern shotgun shell.

When we put everything together on one map, I suspect the patterns will become a little clearer.


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