JUST ADDED ON 12/13 - GETTYSBURG - HETH'S DIVISION / HERR'S RIDGE - ROSENSTEEL FAMILY - Soft Tissued Impact Fired Enfield Bullet with "57" Cavity Mark
This fired Enfield bullet, which appears to have a "57" mark in the cavity, displays damage that is sometimes referred to as "soft tissue impact." This type of softly peeled back lead (rather than how it typically splatters) might indicate that the bullet passed through something soft - leather, cloth or even flesh. It was found in the area that was occupied by Heth's Division on July 1st, 1863 during its attacks on McPherson's Ridge - more specifically, it was recovered between Herr's Ridge Road and Country Club Road. This artifact was a part of the collection of Iva Rosensteel, sister of George Rosensteel (founder of the Gettysburg National Museum and the famous Electric Map) so the provenance could not be better. This is the first time that this artifact is being offered for public sale and I feel very privileged in the opportunity to offer it. The Rosensteels were, of course, the most famous artifact collecting family in Gettysburg and the bulk of the relics on display at today's Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center come from the Rosensteels. A provenance letter will be provided with this relic.