JUST ADDED ON 1/12 - Gettysburg - THE VALLEY OF DEATH - ROSENSTEEL COLLECTION - Sharps Bullet - Berdan's Sharpshooters? - found by Ellwood Cullison on July 25, 1941
This Sharps bullet was once part of the famous Rosensteel Collection of Gettysburg. This specific relic was identified on an original Rosensteel handwritten label as having been found in the Valley of Death by Ellwood Cullison on July 25th, 1941. Considering where it was found, it is very possible that this was lost by a member of Berdan's Sharpshooters, who were armed with Sharps rifles. The Valley of Death was the name given to the area in front of Little Round Top through which Plum Run ran - it saw heavy fighting and bloodshed on July 2nd. Ellwood Cullison was certainly a relative of John Cullison, a prolific Gettysburg relic hunter. The Rosensteel Collection is arguably the most famous collection of Gettysburg relics that has ever existed. John Rosensteel opened his Round Top Museum of Gettysburg artifacts in 1888. The collection, which grew in size as a variety of local collections were acquired (including artifacts found by Ellwood Cullison), became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center collection. All of the Cullison items that did not go to the National Park Service were acquired by the Horse Soldier in the 1990s - I acquired this relic from that source. I will include a signed provenance letter.