JUST ADDED ON 3/25 - THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG / EXCELSIOR FIELD NEAR THE PEACH ORCHARD - Fragment from the Nose of a Parrott Artillery Shell - Rosensteel Collection
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A fragment (3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches ) from the nose of a 10 pounder Parrott artillery shell, with fuse threads, that was recovered in Excelsior Field - the field just north of the Peach Orchard where the Excelsior Brigade fought - and was part of the Rosensteel Collection. This specific relic was part of the relic collection given to the Rosensteels by John Cullison. Cullison recovered the relics that he 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. At some point this was treated with some kind of oil based solvent, so the surface is a little greasy feeling. A provenance letter will be included.