FERRIER FILES: Tennessee Civil War museum has historic find


The Lotz House Civil War Museum takes you back to one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War.

It takes visitors back in the context of what it would be like to be an ordinary family living in the middle of the horror. This is a carefully curated collection, and its newest addition is a stunning find.

“In one hole, we found 10,000 mini balls with the gunpowder intact sitting in a giant cooking pot,” Thomas Cartwright said. "Found by the legendary relic hunter Billy Henry."

Civil War Historian Thomas Cartwright said it is the single biggest find of unused bullets in the history of Tennessee. They were found in a giant cooking pot in a secret location between Mack Hatcher boulevard and the Harpeth River.

Why so many in one place? Is it a good and terrifying reason.

“The federal cavalry is on the Confederate, chasing them, and they are facing annihilation," Cartwright sad. "So they are dumping things as fast as they can. They are running for their lives."

The pot is very valuable too. The man who found the bullets passed away and gave them to the Lotz Museum because of their intentions.

“I told them we would never ever separate those bullets that they would always be in that pot," said J.T. Thompson, Lotz House and museum executive director. "The idea is those bullets have been in that pot for 150 years, and those bullets will be in that pot for the next 150 years."

There are 10,000 bullets from a battle that had 10,000 casualties; one bullet for every person who fell.

“I personally twice picked up every bullet, and it was surreal for me," Thompson said. "In terms of that lead and what it represented. These were all Americans who suffered and died here."

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