Civil War Bullets

BLT 1. Dug Confederate “Shotgun Slug” .69 Cal. from Codori Farm, Gettysburg, PA.

M&M # 64. Used by North Carolina Troops and known to be produced at the School of the deaf, dumb and blind of Raleigh (which was converted to a cartridge lab). This is the scarcest of the slug varieties. Eyeballed by Ed Miller in the 1930′s. Perfect dropped condition.


BLT 2. Excavated Confederate .45 Cal. Whitworth Sharpshooter Bullet.

Excellent dropped condition. Dug in December 2012 near Tyner’s Station, TN. by Brian Cruz. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne’s division occupied Tyner’s during the siege of Chattanooga and had built a large redoubt along the railroad line to Knoxville. It was in this immediate vicinity that Brian dug almost 30 of these rare bullets in one hole.


BLT 3. Dug .577 Cal. Confederate Enfield Bullet.

Unlisted and scarce variant with a very shallow cavity. Perfect condition. Dug near Shiloh, TN.


BLT 4. Dug .69 Cal. Confederate Gardner Bullet.

M&M # 168. Great dropped example that was recently dug near Shiloh TN.


BLT 5. Dug .69 Cal. Confederate “Deep Base” Gardner bullet.

M&M # 168, Extremely rare deep cavity version of this quintessential Confederate bullet manufactured by the Richmond Laboratory. Flawless example. Provenance unknown.


BLT 6. Dug Confederate Gardner Bullet Variant. 577 Cal.

M&M # 173. Tall and sharply pointed type that is distinctly different from the Richmond Lab standard and was produced in very limited numbers, possibly at a different arsenal. They are more common in Western Theater sites. This dropped example is very nice. Dug near Dallas, GA.


BLT 7. Dug .70 Cal. U.S. Two ring “Prussian” Bullet.

M&M # 211. Rare bullet in flawless dropped condition. Dug in a Yankee Camp near Crump’s Landing, TN.


BLT 8. Agar “Coffee Mill” Machine Gun Cartridge .58 Cal.

Rare iron cartridge with intact nipple for the percussion cap. All you need is the bullet itself to complete the display.


BLT 9. Dug U.S. “Machine Grooved” Rifle Bullet .70 Cal.

M&M # 337. Great looking dropped example. I dug this one on a residential lot in Tullahoma, TN.


BLT 10. Dug U.S. “Machine Grooved” Rifle Bullet .54 Cal.

M&M #410. This distinct looking bullet was dug near Crump’s Landing, TN. and is in flawless condition.


BLT 11. Rare Confederate “Hessian” Pattern Bullet .69 Cal.

M&M # 559. Very rare bullet and this one is flawless. Dug near Shiloh, TN. or Corinth, MS.


BLT 12. Confederate .54 “Selma” Rifle Bullet.

M&M # 418. Good dropped example. Found in a creek on 2nd Manassas Battlefield (private property).


BLT 13. Dug .54 Cal. Confederate”Tall” Enfield.

This bullet measeures 1.25″ tall and is in superb condition. These are only found in late war Western Theatre sites. This particular one was dug by Greg Johnstone near Brentwood, TN.


BLT 14. Dug Confederate .36 Cal. Revolver Bullet.

Unlisted in McKee and Mason but related to M&M # 97. Dug near Colonial Heights, VA .


BLT 15. Dug Confederate “Tower” Bullet .69 Cal.

M&M # 215. Perfect dropped example dug by Bob Bankston near Bovina, MS.


BLT 16. Dug .69 Cal. Confederate Teat Base Bullet.

Nice dropped bullet dug recently near Yorktown, VA. They are also found in the Shenandoah Valley.


BLT 17. .577 Cal. Confederate Teat Base Bullet.

Also known as a “Georgia Troops”  Bullet. Excellent condition.


BLT 18. .54 Cal Confederate Teat Base Bullet.

Nice example. Dug in Northern VA.


BLT 19. Dug .71 Cal “Austrian” Bullet.

M&M# 314. Big, fat and odd looking 3 ring rifle bullet in perfect dropped condition. Note truncated cavity. Dug near Corinth, MS.


BLT 20.  Excavated .58 Cal. Confederate Rifle Bullet.

M&M # 398. Scarce Confederate Bullet with very thick conical base. This flawless example was dug near Shiloh, TN.


BLT 21. Dug .45 Cal. Confederate Whitworth Sniper Rifle Bullet.

Unlisted shorter version made by the Confederacy and only known to be dug in the North Carolina Coastal Area. This one was dug at Sugarloaf Hill above Fort Fisher, NC. Flawless example.


BLT 22. Dug CS “N.B.Forrest” Rifle Bullet.

Unusual Enfield pattern bullet in excellent dropped condition. These .54 Cal. bullets are scarce and are sometimes dug in Gen. Forrest’s Cavalry camps and battle sites. Dug near Pickett’s Mill, GA.


BLT 21. Excavated .69 Cal. Confederate “Arkansas Hog” Bullet.

M&M # 608. This rare bullet was recently featured in a North-South Trader Magazine article written by Bill Gurley and Meigs Brainard. This example is in excellent dropped condition and has the Enfield type truncated cavity. Dug near Prairie Grove, Arkansas.


BLT 24. Dug French Dragoon Bullet.

M&M # 266, 69 Cal. This one is referred to as a “High Base French Dragoon” Bullet. Dug in Western Theatre sites. This is a superb example.


BLT 25. Dug .69 Cal. Confederate “French Dragoon” Bullet. 

M&M # 265. Superb dropped condition. Dug at Port Hudson, LA. by Ronnie McCallum.


BLT 26. .577 Cal.”French” 3 Ring Rifle Bullet.

M&M # 349. Great dropped condition. Hard to pin down which side used these. Dug near Harrison’s Landing, VA. by Gene Cooley.


BLT 27. Dug .58 Cal. “US” marked 3 ring Rifle Bullet.

Scarce bullet in perfect dropped condition with a clear “US” base mark. Dug near Fredericksburg, VA.


BLT 28. Dug .58 Cal. “Suhl” Bullet.

M&M # 297. Nice looking Confederate Bullet. Dug near Chickamauga, GA. Close to the Golf Course.


BLT 29. Dug .55 Cal. “Suhl” Bullet.

M&M # 298. These bullets are thought to have been produced for the Confederacy at Nashville, TN.


BLT 30. Dug .58 Cal. Williams Type II Cleaner bullet.

M&M # 538, Very nice dropped cleaner bullet. Provenance unknown.

BLT 31. Dug Confederate “New Austrian” Bullet.

M&M # 108, .577 Cal. These were actually produced in Raleigh, NC. at the School of the Deaf and Blind which was turned into an ammunition lab by the State of North Carolina to supply the State Troops serving the Confederacy. Perfect condition, Dug N. Virginia. Scarce bullet.


BLT 32. Excavated Confederate .577 Cal. ‘New Austrian” Bullet.

M&M # 108. Another scarce variety from the Raleigh Arsenal which was originally the Raleigh School for the deaf, dumb and blind. Excellent dropped condition. Dug near Funkstown, MD.


BLT 33. Dug .69 Cal. Raleigh Arsenal or “Carcano” Rifle Bullet.

M&M # 199. A Perfect example of this strange looking bullet. Dug near Richmond, VA.


BLT 34. Dug Raleigh Arsenal Rifle Bullet .69 Cal.

M&M # 199. Perfect dropped Confederate bullet used by North Carolina Troops. Dug N. Virginia.


BLT 35. Dug Raleigh Arsenal Rifle Bullet .54 Cal.

M&M # 201. Scarce smaller caliber used in Austrian Rifles and used by North Carolina Troops. Dug near Fredericksburg, VA.


BLT 36. Dug Confederate .54 Cal. Raleigh Arsenal Bullet.

M&M # 201. A scarcer variant of the Raleigh Arsenal or “Carcano”. Dug near Kinston, NC. by John McAden.


BLT 37. Dug .52 Cal. U.S. Joslyn Carbine Bullet.

A nice droped example. Dug in a Federal Cavalry camp near Savannah TN.


BLT 38. Dug U.S. Walch Pocket Revolver Bullet .31 Cal.

M&M # 150. Scarce dropped example dug near Winchester, VA. Perfect condition.


BLT 39. Rare .50 Cal. Confederate Morse Carbine Bullet.

This perfect dropped example was found by Roger Jarrell near Cheraw, SC.


BLT 40.  Excavated .55 Cal. Confederate Merrill Bullet.

M&M # 67. This carbine bullet hails from the Richmond Laboratory. There is also an identical .44 Cal made version for Army Revolvers. Perfect condition. Dug near Colonial Heights, VA.



BLT 41. Dug U.S. .69 Cal. “Ringless Prussian” bullet.

M&M # 211. Rare bullet in flawless condition. Associated with Ohio Troops. Provenance of Corinth, MS area.

BLT 42. Dug .52 Cal. Spencer Cartridge.

Really nice one dug by J.B. Harrell at Eastport, MS.

BLT 43. Dug Maynard Carbine Cartridge .50 Cal.

M&M # 168. Complete dug Cartridge in superb condition. Dug at Eastport, MS. by J.B. Harrell.


BLT 44. Dug .58 Cal. U.S. Shaler Three Piece Bullet.

M&M # 520. Scarce bullet. This one was found together and has a matching patina on all 3 pieces. Dug near Stafford, VA.


BLT 45. Dug .50 Cal. Rubber Cased U.S. Smith Carbine Bullet.

Perfect dropped bullet. Dug near Dallas, GA.


BLT 46. Dug .52 Cal. Confederate 4-Ring Sharp’s Bullet.

Perfect dropped example of this scarce Confederate bullet. Dug near Brandy Station, VA.


 BLT 47. Dug Confederate Sharp’s Variant .54 Cal.

M&M # 179. Known as an 1858 Sharp’s according to Mason and McKee. Recent research shows that these crude bullets were made by a Confederate Arsenal in Nashville, TN. Dug near Shiloh, TN.


BLT 48. U.S. Sharp’s .52 Cal. Bullet with conical cavity.

Scarce Sharp’s variant in perfect dropped condition. Dug by Ray Treece near Shiloh, TN (private property).


BLT 49. Excavated U.S. 3 Piece Shaler Bullet .58 Cal.

M&M # 520. This variant is the most commonly encountered. Perfect condition with all three pieces dug together and not married from pieces. Dug near Stafford, VA.


BLT 50. Dug U.S. Warner Carbine Cartridge .50 Cal.

Nearly identical to the .52 Cal Spencer pattern but only much rarer. This one is as nice as they come. Dug by Robert McDaniel near Gravelly Springs, AL. A relic of James H. Wilson’s 1865 Raid.


BLT 51. Dug .58 Cal. U.S. Shaler Three Piece bullet.

Dug together with a matching patina. Found near Fredericksburg, VA. This is the less common of the Three variants.


BLT 52. Dug U.S. Burnside Carbine Cartridge .54 Cal.

Excellent condition. Ex Dean Thomas Collection.


BLT 53. U.S. Burnside Carbine Cartridge .54 Cal.

Non excavated example in great condition. Perfect for display with your Burnside Carbine. Thomas Collection.


BLT 54. Enfield Rifle Musket Cartridge .577 Cal.

Complete and perfect. These are getting increasingly harder to find. Essential companion to your P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket or Carbine.


BLT 55. Whitworth Rifle Cartridge .45 Cal.

Scarce Sniper Rifle Cartridge in  flawless condition. These were imported by the Confederacy for use in the handful of Whitworth Rifles that squeaked through the blockade from England. M&M # 250. Ex Dean Thomas Collection.


BLT 56. Confederate Morse Carbine Cartridge .50 Cal.

Rare as hen’s teeth in non excavated condition. These cartridges were painstakingly made in Greeneville, SC. for George W. Morse’s .50 Cal. Carbine. Morse ( nephew of Samuel Morse) was originally the superintendent of the Tennessee Armory in Nashville, TN. until that city fell to the yankee hordes in Feb. 1862. He then set up production in Atlanta, GA. and later to Greenville, SC. where he resumed production of his carbines in earnest for said state. Approximately 200 were made in Atlanta from Nashville parts and around 1000 were produced in Greeneville. This particular cartridge is in superb condition with it’s original felt washer and percussion cap wholly intact. An appropriate accessory to your Morse Carbine. This is the very cartridge pictured on page 192 of “Round Ball to Rim Fire Vol.4. Ex Dean Thomas Collection.


BLT 57. Dug Confederate Morse Carbine Cartridge .50 Cal.

Rarely offered in this condition. No problems or repairs. Still retains original washer and percussion cap. Provenance of 1865 Carolinas Campaign. Ex Dean Thomas Collection.


BLT 58. Dug U.S. Requa-Billinghurst Battery Cartridge .56 Cal.

The non excavated cartridges are relatively common. Excavated ones are scarce, especially the brass casings. I don’t know if these were found together as the bullet can be removed from the casing. Bullet is in perfect condition. The casing has minor ground action on the rim. Displays great. Provenance of Northern Virginia. Ex Dean Thomas Collection.


BLT 59. U.S. Gallagher Carbine Cartridge .50 Cal.

One of the tougher to find of the U.S Civil War Carbine Cartridges. Perfect condition and ready to display with your Gallagher Carbine.


BLT 60. U.S./C.S. Buck and Ball Cartridge .69 Cal.

Most likely a Confederate Cartridge as the Union armies had phased out .69 Cal. muskets by the middle of the war. Perfect condition and a great compliment to your M-1816 through M-1842 Musket.


BLT 61. U.S. Sharp’s Pistol Carbine Cartridge .36 Cal.

Extremely rare cartridge for the rare Sharp’s Pistol Carbine. M&M # 52.  Condition is excellent excepting a tiny tear at bullet end and a pinhole in the paper. If you have one of these rare carbines, you may never see one of these cartridges for sale again. Ex Dean Thomas Collection and featured in the book Round Ball to Rim Fire”.


BLT 62. Non excavated .12 mm. Pinfire Revolver Cartridge.

One of the more common calibers. This cartridge is flawless and would display great with your Belgian or French made Pinfire Revolver.


BLT 63. Musket Ball Cartridge .69 Cal.

Excellent condition and quite possibly Confederate manufactured. No tears or powder leaks. Perfect for display with a M-1816 or M-1842 Smooth Bore Musket. Thomas Collection.


BLT 64. Kerr Revolver Cartridge, 84 Gauge (.36 Cal.) Long Pattern.

M&M # 128. Imported by the Confederacy from England through the blockade for use in the .36 Cal Kerr Revolver. Condition is superb. Paper wrapping is marked “Capt. M. Hayes R.N. Patent Skin Cartridge manufactured by Broux & Moll, London”. This cartridge (#54)  is pictured on page 176 of “Round Ball to Rim Fire” Vol. 4. Ex Dean Thomas Collection. Extremely rare cartridge.


BLT 65. P-53 Enfield Rifle Musket Cartridge .577 Cal.

Perfect example for displaying with your Enfield Rifle Musket or Carbine.


BLT 13. Richmond Laboratory Colt Army Revolver Cartridge .44 Cal.

Top shelf condition and totally original. A fitting companion for your Confederate carried Kerr, Colt or Remington Army Revolver. Ex Thomas Collection. This the actual cartridge shown on page 173 of “Round Ball to Rim Fire Vol. 4. Specimen #26.


BLT 14. U.S. M-1849 Colt Pocket Revolver Cartridge .31 Cal.

Tight cartridge considering how common the revolvers are. Very good condition.


BLT 66. Dug Confederate 3 Ring Carbine Bullet .52 Cal.

Unlisted and quite rare. This odd bullet has a plug type cavity and three very light rings. Corinth, MS.


BLT 67. Dug Confederate “Mississippi” Rifle Bullet.54 Cal.

M&M # 301. Perfect dropped example dug near Prairie Grove Arkansas by Meigs Brainard. Cavity is the truncated cone type.


BLT 68. Dug .54 Cal. “Ploennies” Bullet.

Unlisted in M&M. Rare bullet of German origin. Dug near Richmond, VA. A fired and dropped example were also recovered near Dallas, GA. and were featured in the American Digger Magazine.


BLT 69. Dug .54 Cal. “Tennessee” Rifle Bullet.

M&M # 438. Much rarer than the smaller variant. Dug on the Shiloh retreat route near Mickey, TN.