This antique stanhope Civil War commemorative bullet depicts a single view of National Cemetery at Antietam, Maryland. After the Battle of Sharpsburg, which took place at Antietam Creek, some of the left over bullets were used to make these stanhope souvenirs. Most common are bullets of the .56 -.58 cal. pointed type. This example appears to have been un-fired and likely dropped on the Battlefield and it is about .62cal. It is the round or mini ball type bullet. The image is very nice and clear and easy to see after a complete and thorough restoration of the stanhope.
View of The National Cemetery at Antietam, MD with the Soldiers Monument in the center. View is titled as follows
NATIONAL CEMETERY, ANTIETAM, MD.(below the image)
MADE IN FRANCE is along the right side of the image.
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
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