JUST ADDED ON 6/19 - THE BATTLE OF NASHVILLE / SHY'S HILL / CONFEDERATE LINES - 5 Bullets with Teeth Marks found in 1963 - with Original Label
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Artifacts found at the site of the Battle of Nashville, particularly at Shy's Hill, which was the site of the Union attack that ended the battle and essentially finished Hood's Army, are very difficult to come by (this is my last group). Here are five "chewed" (bullets with teeth marks - one appears to be an Enfield) that were recovered in the Confederate lines on Shy's Hill in June, 1963. Some people label bullets like these as "pain" or "hospital" bullets and argue that a soldier bit down on them during surgery. It is much more likely that the bullets were chewed by animals. These artifacts come out of the collection of William Reger who lived in Berks County, Pennsylvania and relic hunted at a variety of sites from the late 1950s to the mid 1970s. Reger carefully identified his artifacts with typed labels such as the one that is included with this group. The December, 1864 Battle of Nashville represented a last stand of Hood's Army of Tennessee after its disastrous assault at the Battle of Franklin. Shy's Hill was originally known as Compton's Hill, but was renamed after Lt. Colonel William Shy of the 20th Tennessee, who was killed here during the battle. A provenance letter will be included.