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"You've heard of those alchemist that used to try to figure out how to turn lead into a precious metal?  I think somebody finally succeeded!"

(anonymous collector, concerning prices of scarce bullets these days)

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   What Civil War enthusiast hasn't, at one time or another, held a  "minieball" in their hand, and thought back to what it saw.  So harmless now, these lead slugs had one official purpose in the 1860's.  Now days, entire collections are based on the many types and variations of the bullets used during the Civil War. Here's a small sampling to get you going...

All Bullets are dropped (unfired) unless noted. MM-# are from Mason and McKee's Bullet book

Description

Item #

Price

.44 Henry Casing: From Wilder’s Lightning Brigade (Indiana Mounted Infantry) and found in Dallas, GA.Just Added!

 

DM394 $12

 

12MM Pinfire Casing: Found in Arkansas Civil War site, 12 mm pinfire, damaged but intact, casing only.

BT337JAJJ $8

.577 Enfield with intact boxwood plug: These still have the wood plug intact, and thus, all we know is there is a plug base beneath it. This came from a site where both “.57”, “L”, and “P” bullets were found, so it is likely one of those. A water find, grey-white patina. Have several, first come first serve.

BT327JEJJ $15/each (Have 2 left)

Remains of Civil War Rifle Skin Cartridge: .58 three ring bullet, about 2.125” long altogether. In 2.5 x 3.5“ velvet lined black display case with label.

BT307JAGJ $34

Maynard Carbine Cartridge: Looks to be an early dig, very solid. Central Tennessee find. More scarce blunt nose style.

BT296AGJJ $40

Spencer Cartridge: Complete. Solid, drop, from Hardees Salient (New Salem Ch), Marietta, GA. Just Added!

 

DM392 $20

 

 Spencer Carbine Cartridge: Unfired. Coated, small crack as shown in one side. From Kingston

Just Added!

DM386 $18

 Spencer Carbine Cartridge: Misfire or put together, hard to tell. Slight push in one side. From Kingston

Just Added!

DM385 $14

7 mm pinfire (MM Cart. 116) cartridge Non dug.

BT322JEJJ  $25
58 “Swage w/ Star” Three Ring Minie: Fired, this makes only the 4th I’ve ever seen, all found near Picketts Mill, Ga. I also heard of one coming from Ressaca. From the Don McMichael collection. DM181 $45

Unlisted Swage Bullet with Star: This is only the third such bullet I ever saw, all were found near Picketts Mill, GA, one by me. .58 X 1.050. It is “spent, having been fired from a distance. Deep 6 point swage marks, which center into a distinct star

BT298JJJJ $60

"P" Marked Base .57 Enfield: Size unlisted in MM .574 x 1.158 

BT265JAJJ $35
     

.71 Unlisted European Musket From Infamous "Confederate Wishing Well" in Savannah, GA: The only place I know these were found is at this site, which was where the Confederates dumped thousands of rounds of ammunition during the evacuation of Savannah. Has moderate powder damage as most from that site do.

BTJ236JEJJ $25

.52 Greene Carbine Bullet: Measures .518 x 1.165, I have never been able to find these listed in MM but that’s what we call them here in Georgia. Fainter nose cap ring than usual. Pretty drop. Found near Kennesaw Mountain at what is now the Reserve Subdivision. Don McMichael collection   

 

DM369 $16
.52 Greene Carbine Bullet: Measures .518 x 1.165, I have never been able to find these listed in MM but that’s what we call them here in Georgia. Fainter nose cap ring than usual. Pretty drop. Found near Kennesaw Mountain at what is now the Reserve Subdivision. Don McMichael collection   DM370 $16

Plug Base Enfield: No markings, for boxwood plug base. Nice drop.  .57 caliber Found near Kennesaw Mountain at what is now the Reserve Subdivision. Don McMichael collection  

 

DM372 $10

.54 Georgia Austrian: No MM number that I can find, but these thick base .54 three ring bullets are only found in Confederate sites where troops had Austrians. We call them “Georgia Austrian” bullets.  Not to be confused with run of the mill .534 US three ringers, these are definitely Confederate with several differences. A nice drop example found near New Hope Church, Georgia. Don McMichael collection  

 

DM371 $14

  .45 Hazard (metallic cartridge style) Bullet:  Only the lead remains on this scarce bullet. Bottom ring on one side is powder damaged, other side displays great.   Found at Oley's Creek, GA 

BT155AEJJ $45

Fired .69 Tower Bullet: Scarce bullet, used by Confederate troops. As dug, a recent find from Murfreesboro/Franklin area of Tennessee.

BT292JAJJ $8
.69 fired Prussian bullets: scarce two ring nose cap bullets, found on private property near Shiloh. Specify number corresponding to bullet you want if you have a preference

 

      BT342JDJJ

                                            

$12 each

(have two left)

Drop .69 Musket Ball: Found in North Georgia and Fredericksburg..

BT25JAJJ $2 each

Standard Confederate .32 Buckshot:  Usually used in conjunction with a .69 Round ball. (See below) Found in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

BT35XJJBE $1.00 each

Burnside bullets With Partial Casing: Found in large US Cavalry Camp near Brushy Mountain, Ga, during construction at I-75 and Barrett Parkway. From Don McMichael collection.  

DM222 $5 each (Have 2)

Mixed Confederate Fired Bullets: Have Enfield and Confederate .54 three ring bullets, all fired at actions throughout North Georgia. A limited amount of most types, so it's first come-first serve.

BT37XJJEJ $2 each

Fired Williams Cleaners: From actions in North Georgia during the Atlanta Campaign. Some have bases, some not. Again, first come... (Also have some from Chattanooga, so specify which location you want)

BT33XJJEJ  

$1.50 each

 

 Fired Round Balls: .All common calibers from .32-.69cal, name your preference, first come first serve. From North Georgia and Wilderness, VA.

BT32XJJBE $1 each

Burnside Bullets (Powder damaged). Flat base. Found in large US Cavalry Camp near Brushy Mountain, Ga, during construction at I-75 and Barrett Parkway.  From the Don McMichael collection.

DM237 $3 each

(Have 10)

Sharps Carbine Bullets: All in nice condition. A scarce bullet for this area. Found in large US Cavalry Camp near Brushy Mountain, Ga, during construction at I-75 and Barrett Parkway.  From the Don McMichael collection.

DM220 $4 each (Have 1)

  Fired Colt Pistol Bullets: Have .32 &.44 caliber. From various areas, mostly Virginia and Tennessee.

BT34XJJEJ $1.50 each
Bullets By The Numbers

(As listed by Mason and McKee)

All bullets shown below are in dropped condition unless noted otherwise. Due to the multitude of size variations on many MM#, sometimes sizes may vary slightly from those in book. Many of these are ones I once had in my collection and where possible, I note where they came from IF known.

 

 

MM#

 

 

Price

Union Carbine, Punkinvine Creek, Dallas, Ga Just Added!

MM-5

$12

.54 Sharps Carbine

 

MM-44 $3
MM 49 Smith Carbine for rubber casing, Kingston, Ga Just Added! MM-49 $6
MM-53 .54 Starr Carbine

 

MM 53c $5

.52 Smith Carbine

From Kingston, Ga Just Added!

 

MM 70 $6

52 Smith Carbine

From Kingston, Ga Just Added!

 

MM-70a $5

    .37 Maynard

MM-84 $37
.56 Colt Revolving Rifle MM 117 $7

.54 Flat Base Burnside Carbine Kingston, Ga Just Added!

 

MM-119 $6
.54 Merrill Carbine MM 139a $6

.54 Merrill Splotchy patina, has a catalogue number inked on “#3” by digger. Divot in base from when soldier lost it.

 

MM-139b $6
.54 Merrill Carbine Dug in Tennessee near Suwanee, University of the South location. MM 139c  $7
.54 Merrill Carbine Dug in Tennessee near Suwanee, University of the South location. MM 139d $7
.32 Smith & Wesson (with casing remains, from Wilderness-South Mountain area, VA)

 

MM-146 $20

.54 Gardner, From Dallas, GA Just Added!

 

MM 169 $6
.58 Gardner From Johnson’s River Line Just Added! MM-170 $5

 

.69 Italian Garibaldi (base damaged, melted or carved?)

 

MM-199 $12

.69 Tower variant according to the MM book, but often called a “No-ring Prussian. Fired from long distance, almost looks drop but isn’t, found near Shiloh. 

 

MM-211 $21

.51 Maynard Carbine, blunt nose. Nashville find. May have been fired from long distance, hard to tell.

MM-269  $8
Tennessee Rifle (once called a Shul) From New Hope Church, Georgia. From the Don McMichael collection

Just Added!

MM 298 $27

Burnside Carbine - Dished Base, Kingston, Ga Just Added!

 

MM-309 $8
.58 Pistol Carbine

 

MM-352 $4
.54 US musket (round nose variation)   MM-459  $5

Richmond Laboratory Sharps Bullet found in Richmond, VA.

 

MM-464 b  $10

Richmond Laboratory Sharps Bullet found in Richmond, VA 

 

MM-464(c) $10
.54 Sharps Short Pattern

(plow damage but ok for display)

 

MM-467 (a) $8
     .54 Sharps Short Pattern   MM-467 (b) $10

Spencer Carbine, Kingston, Ga Just Added!

 

MM-468 $5
.44 Army revolver by Colt

 

MM-480 $4
.44 Colt Early Model

 

MM-491 $3

MM-516  .58 Williams Cleaner Type I Washer missing.

 

MM-516  $4

Williams Cleaner Type III

 

MM-540 $3.50
Bulk Bullets    

(50) Mixed Fired Bullets From New Hope Church: With digger’s location notes (blurred in photo only, original cards are easy to read locations).    From Don McMichael collection

 

DM271 $50/ bag of  fifty

(50) Fired Confederate Enfield Bullets From New Hope Church: With digger’s location notes.  From Don McMichael collection 

 

DM273 $70/ bag of  fifty

(50) Drop Union Three Ring Minies: All found in north Georgia, mostly Cobb & Paulding County. From the Don McMichael collection. 

DM212 $65/ bag of  fifty

(50) Fired Union Three Ring Minies: All found in north Georgia, mostly Cobb & Paulding County. From the Don McMichael collection. 

DM213 $50/ bag of  fifty

(50) Drop William Cleaner (Type III) Bullets: All found in north Georgia, mostly Cobb & Paulding County. Many came from a site near Kennesaw Mountain where hundreds of these were dug. From the Don McMichael collection. 

DM214 $75/ bag of  fifty

(50) Fired William Cleaner (Type III) Bullets: All found in north Georgia, mostly Cobb & Paulding County. Many came from a site near Kennesaw Mountain where hundreds of these were dug. From  the Don McMichael collection. 

DM215 $65/ bag of  fifty

(50) William’s Cleaner Bases: Most in good drop condition, various North Ga sites..  From Don McMichael collection.

DM272 $25/ bag of  fifty
Bullets Grouped By Find Location    

Kingston, GA Relic Grouping: Nice drop .54 Burnside and .44 Colt revolver, plus Burnside with partial casing. From Cavalry camp overlooking railroad.  Just Added!

DM 398 $10

Moon Station Relic Group: 1 .57 Enfield Confederate bullet, two .58 three ring Union minies, odd pistol bullet (later might be post war). Hard to get relics from this important plaxce in North Georgia Civil War history. With digger’s tag.Just Added!

DM397 $10

Seven Melted Bullets: Various types and sizes, Kennesaw, Georgia. Can see rings in a few. With Diggers map

 

DM351 $10

Bullets Found At Ray Mtn, GA (Paulding County): 12 fired William Cleaner Type II, 2 fired Enfield, 19 fired three-ring Minies, and 20 Misc, pieces of camp lead.  With digger’s note.

 

 

DM 349 $38

Brushy Mountain Cavalry Camp Relics. Fired Colt, flattened sharps, fired carbine bullet, percussion cap, brass rivet, part of carved bullet. Don McMichael collection. (#36)

DM235 $8

Three melted bullets (one three ringer, two williams cleaners)  Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga Don McMichael collection. (#10)

DM233 $8
Carved  Bullets & Oddities    

Four Burnside carbine casings stuck together: The sign of a bored cavalryman. Found at Kingston, Ga  Just Added!

DM388 $18

Carved Spencer bullet: Found at Kingston, Ga. Casing with bullet. Bottom of brass casing missing, bullet is deeply sliced on tip.  Just Added!

DM384 $12

Large Lead Fishing Weight or Pendulum (Civil War era): Johnson’s River Line. 1.7 oz. Looks to be cast. Don McMichael collection. Just Added!

 

DM401 $10

Large Lead Fishing Weight or Pendulum (Civil War era): Johnson’s River Line. Almost 4 oz. Looks to be cast. Don McMichael collection. Just Added!

DM400 $14

Fishing Sinker (?) carved from bullet. Can still see traces of rings. Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga Don McMichael collection.  

 

DM238 $5

Carved Smith Carbine: Random carving all over, found at Kingston, Ga. Just Added!

DM403 $8

Rolled flattened bullet. Not unrolled, might have something carved in hidden side? Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga Don McMichael collection.

 

DM256 $5

Cylinder Carved From Bullet: Found on Stanley Road near Hardees Salient, Marietta, Ga. From the Don McMichael collection.

 

DM173 $8

Carved Williams Cleaner: Found on Stanley Road near Hardees Salient, Marietta, Ga. From the Don McMichael collection.

DM171  $8

 Carved Bullet: Pointed three ring. Found on Stanley Road near Hardees Salient, Marietta, Ga. From the Don McMichael collection.

DM170 $8
Carved Dice?: Can't make out numbers, soldier may have been in the process of making it from a musket ball. North Ga find. BT343JEJJ $11

Chewed Civil War Bullet: Severely chewed. In 2.5 x 3.5“ velvet lined black display case with label.

BT310JBJJ $15

1861-1864 Civil War Bullet: Whittled On By Bored Soldier, Found In North Georgia, In 2.5 x 3.5“velvet lined black display case with label.

BT309JBJJ $10

Odd Small Carved Bullet: .37 x .463, have no idea what bullet  it was carved from. From mid Tennessee.

BT300JAJJ $4

Cut-Off Minie?: Looks like it was made that way, but I suspect it is just a 3-ring bullet that has been carved. .567 x .793. Found in Mid Tennessee.

BT299JAJJ $5

Melted Three Ring Minnie: This one was among many I dug from a hut site at Waugh Point, VA, several years ago.

BT240JAJJ $4

 

Melted Three Ring Minnie: Yet another,  among many I dug from a hut site at Waugh Point, VA, several years ago.

BT241JAJJ $4

Chewed Bullet: .58 three ring minie, chewed with what does look to be human teeth marks. Most are animals, and this one may be Hog, but it is suspicious. Found in Middle Tennessee.

 

BT283JAJJ $14

Chewed Bullet: Likely done by critters, as most are. This .58 Minie has been chewed like bubble gum! From Middle Tennessee.

BT282JAJJ $10

 

Cotton Seal: Lead, from Fredericksburg. No markings.  

BT99JAJJ

 

$5

 

Phallic Gardner Bullet: Likely due to how it hit soft mud, but definitely an odd shaped bullet. These are found carved, but I think this one was a “natural occurrence.” Found near Chickamauga.

BT340JEJJ $12
.45 Paper Patched Sharps: This was a favorite of the 1880s buffalo hunters! Post war but still a cool bullet. Paper is long gone, dug in Western USA. BT344JAJJ $4

 

 Carved pistol bullet w/ square nail hole:  Don't know reason, but he may have been making a fishing sinker

BT82JAJJ $2
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