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  1. #1
    Feb 2012
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    Need help!

    I found this in the Union siege lines in Vicksburg where I have found a a couple of dozen minie balls/buck and ball. It gave a VDI of 82 on the AT Pro and was about 5 inches down. It measures 2 inces in diameter and it appears the "spokes" were all connected but but that piece broke off. Any clues?/Thanks!
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  2. #2
    Oct 2006
    Herndon Virginia
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    It is the inside wheel of a gyroscope.

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    Good God, you amaze me with the ID's DCMatt! Incredible. Now to find out what a gyroscope is doing in a CW site...
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  4. #4
    Feb 2012
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    Thanks Matt! And I agree w/ BuckleBoy..What the heck

  5. #5
    Jun 2007
    Near Bangor, Maine
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    What an interesting find! The gyroscope was invented in the 1850's. I wonder if a soldier was using it to distract himself before the battle. If that's the case, it's a pretty early piece. It does look like it's been in the ground a while. It's ashame that we'll never know.
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