This rather rare and difficult to find antique stanhope Civil War souvenir commemorative bullet depicts a single view of Jennie Wade. After the war, some of the left over bullets were used to make these stanhope souvenirs. This bullet has obviously been fired and there is no telling what it may have hit. The most common stanhope bullets are of the .56 - 58 cal. variety. There's no telling what caliber this one is but it seems to be a smaller caliber bullet that was likely the musket ball or pumpkin ball type rather than a pointed example. The title is JENNIE WADE HOUSE AND MONUMENT / GETTYSBURG, PA. It is also marked MADE IN FRANCE along the lower right side. The stanhope has been removed and painstakingly restored yielding a beautifully clear image. Certainly a grade of 10/10 on the stanhope scale.
Stanhope bullets were made shortly after the Civil War when Gettysburg instantly became a popular town that has survived since from tourism. Shortly after the end of the Civil War, bullets were gathered up from the battlefield stanhope lenses (complete with a variety of images) were ordered from a French manufacturer. The lenses were then locally installed by sutlers and tourist shops who often employed those disabled during the battle. The bullet exhibits nice patina and a good clear view. A prized item for civil war collectors and enthusiasts as well as stanhope collectors
Jennie Wade has remained an icon of the Battle of Gettysburg as she was the only civilian casualty of the battle. She was a 20 year old seamstress that was in her kitchen kneading dough to make bread for the troops when a fatal rifle bullet pierced two doors and struck Jennie (some say in the heart) claiming her life. She has been the subject of books and movies and she is still well remembered today.
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