JUST ADDED ON 8/29 - BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG / WEST CONFEDERATE AVENUE (SEMINARY RIDGE) / ROSENSTEEL COLLECTION - Artillery Shell Fragment found by Ellwood Cullison
This artillery shell fragment (2 3/4 x 1 5/8 inches) was once part of the famous Rosensteel Collection of Gettysburg. This specific relic was identified as having been found near West Confederate Avenue and was part of the relic collection given to the Rosensteels by Ellwood Cullison. Ellwood and John Cullison recovered the relics that they gave to the Rosensteels 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. I will include a signed provenance letter.