Rosette Bullet
Original Author: Unknown; Alan Thompson, photographer
Created: May 1864
Medium: Lead bullet
Publisher: Museum of the Confederacy

Rosette Bullet

Two lead bullets—one presumably shot by a Union soldier, the other by a Confederate—that met in mid-air during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House form a "rosette." The bullets met with such force that they flattened into this rose-like shape. This artifact from the fighting that took place over a nearly two-week period in May 1864 was discovered on the battlefield several years later.