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Fallen tree unveils Civil War ammunition

Fallen tree unveils Civil War ammunition

Workers cutting up a fallen tree at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania came across some Civil War artifacts when their chain saw struck bullets buried in the tree trunk. The bullets were discovered last week while a crew was cutting through the oak tree on Culp's Hill, the site of intense fighting on July 2-3, 1863. It was common to find bullets there 100 years ago, but such discoveries are a rarity these days, superintendent Bob Kirby said. The tree was estimated to have been about a century old at the time of the battle, meaning it was about 250 years old when it fell recently. One of the bullets appears to be a Minie ball, a type of ammunition used extensively during the Civil War.

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Fallen tree unveils Civil War ammunition 08/09/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 8:16pm]
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