Civil War Battlefield Musket Ball Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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This musket ball still has remnants of the dried, chalky clay-like dirt it was found in. It was either fired from a smooth bore musket, or a rifle that fired round balls. This type of weapon had been in use since the 16th Century, and was not very accurate, hence the phrase, “Wait until you see the whites of their eyes!” first used in 1743 when Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw warned his Regiment, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, not to fire until they could “see the white’s of their e’en.”

This artifact was legally recovered by friends metal detecting in privately owned Civil War activity areas that were once part of the lands where the Battle of Gettysburg took place. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.