.72 CALIBER “WISHING WELL” MINIE BALL FROM SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

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Giant Civil War bullet is one of the many recovered from the “Confederate Wishing Well” in Savannah, Georgia by Bill Smedlund, Danny Kuykendall, and Chris Taras in the last days of 1989 and into 1990.

These giant lead bullets are approximately .72 caliber with usual three grooves and feature an unusually deep cavity. All exhibit some surface oxidation to a degree as they were buried deep in a well and exposed to their own gun powder. They were likely made for large-bore imported European muskets such as the English P-1842 musket.

As Sherman approached Savannah, Lt. General Hardee ordered that ammunition that couldn’t be carried away should be destroyed (or dumped in a well). Only four types of bullets were recovered from the well: .69 caliber French triangle base, .54/.55 caliber “slick” Mississippi/Austrian, and these huge .72 caliber minies.

Measurements average: 0.715” x 1.1”; cavities 0.665” deep.  [jet] [ph:L]

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