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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

Civil War Cartridge Display: All put together, none perfect but makes nice display showing metallic ammo of the Civil War. Burnside, Henry, and Spencer. In case. From the Don McMichael collection. 

DM145 SOLD

 

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
Burnside Carbine Cartridge: A soldier put this one back together, as found, casing is damaged as shown. . Found near Brushy Mountain, GA. From the Don McMichael collection.  DM195 $12

Burnside Carbine Cartridge: Likely a put together but very good job if so. Casing patina looks like an early dig. Solid and near perfect. Found at  Monocacy Junction, Maryland.

BT330JEJJ  $49

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 Carbine Cartridge: Solid as dug, not put together. Central Tennessee find.

BT297JHJJ $23

7 mm Eley pinfire (MM Cart. 115) cartridge: 

 Marked “ELEY” on base. Non dug.

 

BT323JEJJ $25

11 mm short pinfire (MM Cart. 113) cartridge: has "FUSNOT BRUXELLES" on bottom, and very old collector’s tag (which incorrectly identifies it as a “9mm”) Non dug.

BT325JEJJ  $25

7 mm pinfire (MM Cart. 116) cartridge

Non dug.

BT322JEJJ  $25

5 mm pinfire (MM Cart. 116) cartridge: Marked “B” on base. Old collector’s tag on it. Non dug.  

 

BT321JEJJ $25

.32 Teat Fire National (MM Cart. 97): A put together cartridge, but still displays nice, round teat. Non dug.

 

BT326JEJJ $30
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

Unlisted Salvaged Lead Confederate Enfield: .570 x .990, 3-2 cavity. Found at Mud Creek, Georgia. Nice example. (Note: These are among several dozen different bullets I found over the years that are unlisted by Mason & McKee.. Unless noted, all were found at Confederate sites in Georgia.)

BT260JAJJ $20

Fired Plug Base Enfield: Almost looks dropped, fired at long range. Can't tell what if any marking it is. Johnston's River Line, Atlanta, GA From the Don McMichael collection.

 

DM179 $7

"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

  .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 Olley'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
Star Base Washington Arsenal: Fired, and very rare to find in this area (most come from Virginia). Found on Stanley Road near Hardees Salient, Marietta, Ga. From the Don McMichael collection. DM180 $4
.40 Ball: Franklin, TN find. Field cast

 

BT313JAJJ SOLD

.46 Ball: Franklin, TN find. Field cast 

BT314JAJJ SOLD
62 Ball: Flat sprue cut and heavy mold line (this was a sign of a worn out mold. From Franklin, TN.

 

BT316JAJJ SOLD

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 3)

Drop Burnside Bullets. Near perfect. Flat base. Found in large US Cavalry Camp near Brushy Mountain, Ga, during construction at I-75 and Barrett Parkway. From Don McMichael collection.  

DM239 $5 each (Have 6)

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 15)

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 7)

Four Burnside Casings. All damaged as shown. Found in large US Cavalry Camp near Brushy Mountain, Ga, during construction at I-75 and Barrett Parkway. From the Don McMichael collection.

DM253 $5

  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

.54 Sharps Carbine

 

MM-44 $3

.54 US Star Carbine (small conical base)

(dug in Arkansas)

MM 53 $5
MM-53 .54 Starr Carbine

 

MM 53c $5

.54 US Star Carbine (sold base)

 

MM-53b $6
.50 Smith Carbine. Found on Stanley Road near Hardees Salient, Marietta, Ga. Bottom is slanted. I think field cast (lots of CS bullets there). From the Don McMichael collection.

 

MM-70 $5
.50 Smith Carbine

 

MM-70 a $4

.50 Smith Carbine, patina loss in spots, but overall good.

 

MM-70 b $4

.50 Smith Carbine North Georgia find, brownish patina.

 

MM-70 c $6

    .37 Maynard

MM-84 $37

.36 Remington revolver (dug at Franklin, TN)

 

MM-99 c $8

.36 Remington w/sprue cutter pinch marks at ring, and small sprue at bottom. (dug at Franklin, TN) 

MM-99 b $8

.54 Merrill Carbine

 

MM-138  $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
.32 Smith & Wesson (with casing remains, from Wilderness-South Mountain area, VA)

 

MM-146 $20

Sharps Ringtail 1861 Rifle carbine found in Virginia

 

MM182 SOLD
.52 Sharps Carbine

 (Brushy Mountain, found during construction at Barrett Parkway and I-75, Kennesaw, Ga. From the Don McMichael collection.

MM185 SOLD

 Sharps Ringtail 1861 Rifle Carbine found in Virginia.

 

MM-188 $9
Sharps Ringtail 1861 Rifle Carbine: (Brushy Mountain, found during construction at Barrett Parkway and I-75, Kennesaw, Ga. From the Don McMichael collection.

 

MM-188a $8

MM-199 .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
.54 Long Enfield: Part of the cache of over a thousand assorted bullets found in Savannah, GA. Known as the Confederate Wishing Well, they were dumped in a well to prevent capture. From the Don McMichael collection. MM-219 $17
54 Long Enfield (Green): Part of the cache of over a thousand assorted bullets found in Savannah, GA. Known as the Confederate Wishing Well, they were dumped in a well to prevent capture. Grains of powder fused to side. Powder damaged, as were most. From the Don McMichael collection. MM-220a $11

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

MM-269  $8

.69 Prussian One side damaged  other side fine for display.

 

MM-284 $17
.72 Foreign Mold Minie: Very deep base cavity, part of the cache of over a thousand assorted bullets found in Savannah, GA. Known as the Confederate Wishing Well, they were dumped in a well to prevent capture. Powder damage, as were most from that site. From the Don McMichael collection. MM-323a $21

 6 pt swage .58 US musket. Weak and splotchy patina.

 

MM-344  $5
.58 Pistol Carbine

 

MM-352 $4
Gallagher Carbine (Drop, but plow struck on back side)

 

MM-452 SOLD
.54 Richmond Lab. Sharps

 

MM-464 SOLD

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

.52 Joshlyn Carbine, May have been fired from long distance, one side “bowed. Other side looks dropped.

MM-470  $5
52 Joshlyn Carbine. Found at Ressaca, Ga. A little banged up. From the Don McMichael collection. MM-470a $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 Confederate Bullets: Mostly Enfileds, with a smattering of other types. Found in north Georgia, mostly Cobb & Paulding Co. From Don McMichael collection.  DM216 $65/ 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    

Smyrna Ga Grouping:  Nine fired three ring minies, one fired Williams Cleaner. With diggers tag. found near Kennesaw Mountain. From Don McMichael collection.

 

  $9    

Battle of Alatoona Pass Pistol Bullet Grouping : Six fired Colt bullets.  From Don McMichael collection .

 

DM282 $9
Brushy Mountain (GA) Bullets: Wormed drop Williams Cleaner, drop Smith Carbine, Wormed drop three ring ,58 Minie From the Don McMichael collection.   DM255 SOLD

Drop (slightly out of round) Gardner, drop three ringer, Williams cleaner base: Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga. From the Don McMichael collection.  

DM217 SOLD
Three misc carved, random whittling:. Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga. From the Don McMichael collection.   DM218 $8
                

Three pulled bullets (two .58 three rings and one Williams Cleaner.  Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga. From the Don McMichael collection.

DM219 SOLD

Three fired pistol bullets (two colts, one Remington): Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga From Don McMichael collection.

DM223 $6

DM225 One fired Spencer Carbine bullet, one unfired Williams Cleaner, one unfired .58 three-ring bullet.  Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga Don McMichael collection.

DM 225 $8

Four shot Civil War pistol bullets, one each .44 Colt, .38 Colt, .32 Unknown, .32 ball. Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga Don McMichael collection.

DM226 $6

Three carved bullets (2 enfileds, one unknown), random whittling. Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga Don McMichael collection.

DM232 $8

Three spent (fired) .57 Enfield bullets, two are plug base, one with wood plug remaining. Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga Don McMichael collection.

DM234 $8

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
One partially carved three ring Minie bullet, three small carved pieces, one Williams Cleaner base. Found at Daniel’s Farm, Stanley Rd, Marietta, Ga Don McMichael collection. (#21) DM227 $5

Brushy Mountain Cavalry Camp Relics. Spencer bullet with scrap of casing attached, crushed Spencer Carbine casing, powder damaged Williams Cleaner bullet, three ring Minie, .38 pistol ball, percussion cap. Don McMichael collection. (#38)

DM236 SOLD
Carved  Bullets & Oddities    

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

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

Spencer carbine bullet: Looks to have fused to iron or sediment, a water find from South Carolina Lowcountry. 

BT334JAJJ $6

Half Bullet: .58 three ring minie split down middle, Found at Hixon, TN 

BT328JAJJ $5

Chewed Williams Cleaner Bullet, Dallas, Ga From Don McMichael collection.

 

DM286  $5

Chewed Bullet: Dallas, Ga: From Don McMichael collection.

 

DM287 SOLD

Chewed Bullet: New Hope Church,  Ga From Don McMichael collection.

DM288 $5

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 Musket Ball: Most are chewed by hogs, contrary to the old “bite the bullet” legend. Found in Savannah, Ga BT341JAJJ $6

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

 

 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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