JUST ADDED ON 12/13 - GETTYSBURG / THE ROSENSTEEL COLLECTION - Unusual Melted Bullet Group - found by John Cullison before 1960
This is a really neat item! Typically, melted lead like this is referred to as campfire lead, but this example has two distinct partially melted bullets in it. They appear to be Spencer bullets, but I cannot be certain (which imply that they were found in an area where Custer's cavalry was located). This artifact was once part of the famous Rosensteel Collection of Gettysburg. This specific relic, which was not identified with a specific find location, was a part of the relic collection given to the Rosensteels by John Cullison. Cullison recovered the relics that he gave to the Rosensteels in Gettysburg between 1930 and 1960. 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. Cullison, a Gettysburg resident, hunted many areas of the battlefield (by eyeballing relics first and then with a metal detector in the 1950s) and carefully identified the location of recovery. 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. This Gettysburg artifact not only has wonderful provenance but it was also found at one of the most famous locations on the battlefield! A provenance letter will be included.