JUST ADDED ON 12/10 - GETTYSBURG - 1ST DAY'S BATTLE - MEHRING FARM JUST WEST OF REYNOLDS' AVENUE (HERBST FARM?)- Dropped Confederate Gardner Bullet - The ROSENSTEEL COLLECTION - found in 1963
This dropped .58 caliber Gardner bullet was once part of the famous Rosensteel Collection of Gettysburg. This specific relic was identified with a handwritten Rosensteel label (a copy will be included with the relic) as having been found on the Mehring Farm by Robert Mehring (1922-2007) on September 21, 1963. The Mehring Farm sat just west of modern day Reynolds' Avenue (which runs along McPherson's Ridge), and was accessed from the Fairfield Road. Although I am still trying to pin this down, I believe that the Mehring property (in the 20th century) was originally the Herbst Farm during the battle. 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 John Cullison), became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center collection. Many of the 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. This Gettysburg artifact has wonderful provenance and a provenance letter will be included.