JUST ADDED ON 1/24 - THE BATTLE OF PIEDMONT - Confederate Gardner Bullet with Teeth Marks
Although all of the teeth marks on this bullet make it difficult to say with absolute certainty, this does appear to be a Gardner bullet. Some people refer to these as pain or hospital bullets, but it is much more likely that the teeth marks were made by an animal. This bullet was recovered from the Piedmont battlefield. This relic comes from the collection of Wilbur Bedall, a thirty year relic hunter who amassed a large collection of artifacts and carefully recorded the location of recovery for the items that he found. The Battle of Piedmont, fought on June 5, 1864, was the result of Ulysses S. Grant's plan to pressure the Confederates in Virginia at multiple points in order to keep them from easily shifting reinforcements. Confederate General William "Grumble" Jones was killed during the intense fighting just north of the village of Piedmont in the Shenandoah Valley. The Confederate army was routed allowing Union General Shields to occupy Staunton. A provenance letter will be included.