🥇 BANNER HOW did this survive 150 years in a Virginia Trench??!?

parsonwalker

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Thought these were all disolved to dust by now, but popped this one out of a Virginia Trench today Three ringer with full, intact pigskin powder bag. Still full of powder. Clean sand must've helped.

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Then a couple of feet away, I pull out a Maryland Cross Kepi pin! Digging buddy told me these were pretty rare. I can't find a dug one on the web. Anybody know just HOW rare? And were these worn by Union Maryland, or Confederate Maryland or both? Solder points for two attachment pins are present on the back.

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10 or 12 bullets and a couple more bullets-in-wood rounded out the day.

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I haven't posted in WEEKS because I wasn't finding anything worth sharing. But I'm stinkin' HAPPY today!
 
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Argentium

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Well , the Kepi pin may be rare , but I've never seen anything like the 3 ringer w/intact powder bag and powder - that has got to be a
BANNER find and I'm very happy to be the first to offer it ! Seriously with the millions of 3 ringers that get posted up here , has
anybody ever posted one with the powder bag and the powder ? No way !!! BANNER all the way !!!
 

Pointman

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That is pretty cool. Couple of months ago, I saw remnants of a paper cartridge and powder that was pulled from a found Enfield barrel, but what you found is amazing.
 

jewelerguy

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that is amazing. fantastic find, and one you will never forget
 

s.tan

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Wow! That is amazing. Incredible that it survived intact all these years. You have my banner vote!
 

VOL1266-X

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That's a great question PW. Incredible find given the brass cartridges are seldom found intact in our area. HH, Q.
 

CMDiamonddawg

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Yes , the Md. Kepi hat device is interesting . Is Maryland a guess or did you find it somewhere ?

The pigskin surviving 150 years underground is defying all the natural elements and is Supernatural .

How is that possible :dontknow:

Niccceee!


CMDdawg
 
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Valley Ranger

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Amazing finds and, I'm sure, a memorable day for you! Congratulations!
 

markp

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nice save, I'm sure there's not many of them left in the ground. Congrats on your finds.
 

cheech

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Very nice fine
 

TheInspector

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The 3 ringer looks like a museum piece to me.

You got my banner vote.
 

Tnmountains

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That is very cool. I was thinking the only wood to even possibly find bullets like that are in Chestnut and cedar. I found one a few years ago in wood and felt lucky. You found two and pigskin. You are in the land that time forgot. That Keppi should have had the hat attached, J/K really stellar artifacts. Thanks for the view.
 

Davers

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I must agree with Tmts.
I have only found 1 minie in wood & that was in 1998 or 1999, but if I recall right you have found several lately , I believe you said the area is kinda Swampy or wet. & For that pig skin cartridge to still be intact ???:dontknow::icon_scratch: , is Amazing.

Don't know if your hunting the same area you were a month or so ago but it's an awesome site with wonderful soil conditions .
The Badge is AWESOME as well.
Thanks for the pic,s
Davers.........:thumbsup:
 

Hot zone

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Must have been heavily greased... The condition of the wood for reference does indicate that it also survived rotting completely tho... Awesome!
 

beez0404

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I am DEFINITELY no expert when it comes to CW relics. But I've been looking at the finds on here now for over 4 months. I see lots and lots of 3 ringer bullets but have never, ever seen one intact like that one. I have to vote BANNER for this amazing find.
 

cjon455

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Holy crap thats awesome! In my opinion way better than any coin, man the history that bullet could tell. Way to go, this gets a banner vote from me!
 

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I recently found one with just a tiny remnant of the paper remaining... But yours blows it away. Very, very nice find- glad you could extract it intact!
 

ModernMiner

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Outstanding to say the least. That is way cool. Super CW history right there. :thumbsup:
Come on BANNER!!!!
-MM-
 

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