JUST ADDED ON 11/16 - THE BATTLE OF CROSS KEYS / MILTON'S ATTACK / JACKSON'S VALLEY CAMPAIGN - Unusual Bullet with Cut Skirt or Unusual Cavity
A .58 caliber bullet that either has had the base of the skirt sliced off or has some kind of unusual stepped cavity or both. It was recovered from "Myer's Pasture / Milton's Attack" on the Cross Keys battlefield. This bullet 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 Cross Keys, fought on June 8, 1862, gave Stonewall Jackson his first important victory in the Valley, after defeating the Union Army of General Fremont which had twice as many men. Jackson's Valley Campaign demonstrated the ability of the general and ultimately allowed him to reinforce General Lee outside of Richmond as the Union Army in the Valley, after stinging defeats, had been placed on the defensive. It was the battlefield at Cross Keys that was featured in the popular book "Battlefield: Farming a Civil War Battleground." A provenance letter will be included.