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Creek Road Minie Balls

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Catalog Information

Title
Creek Road Minie Balls
Accession Number
2017.031.0040
Date Added
3/11/2019 6:54:53 PM
Type
Artifact
Gift of
Philip L Mandolare
Collection Title
Clarendon Artifacts
Collection Description
Artifacts found in Clarendon
Source
Phil Mandolare
Format Description
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Search Engine Type
Thing
These Civil War era .58 caliber Minie Balls were found off Creek Rd near where there had once been a sawmill south of Walker Mountain Road.  Nearby there is evidence of a dwelling structure as well.  The minie balls were in close proximity to each other and appear to have been fired which might mean they were shot in a target practice exercise. 

Vermonters suffered a total of 1,832 men killed or mortally wounded in battle; another 3,362 died of disease, in prison or from other causes, for a total loss of 5,194. More than 2,200 Vermonters were taken prisoner during the war, and 615 of them died in or as a result of their imprisonment.
Some of these soldiers were from Clarendon. Some came home and some never returned. Those that came back may have brought rifles, ammunition, clothing and other military items issued to them for their service.

Minie balls have been found at different locations in town. The ones found at this site perhaps fell to the ground as the tree they had been shot into rotted away over the past 150 years.  Found here is a Youtube video by Phil Mandolare recovering the minie balls from the ground where the tree once stood.

At the bottom are a few minie balls (also referred to as "3 ringers") and a general service eagle button found elsewhere in Clarendon. 

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