(not so) Wordless Wednesday ~ Digging Up the Past...

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

Digging up the past...
     In domestic disputes, it is not unusual for one party, who has a memory longer than an elephant, to start digging up the past. 10 years ago at 0822, you... Stuff like this is counter productive and accomplishes nothing.
     Sometimes it is okay to dig up the past. While inspecting a property in Franklin, TN that used to be one of the battle fields in the the Battle of Franklin, my eye caught a faint glitter of something metallic. Doing a little probing, I was able to dig up some of the past.
     To the best of my knowledge, what I found was a .54 caliber round that was used by both the Union and Confederate armies. As I am a Civil War Buff, I will add this to my collection of artifacts. Goes to show you, digging up the past can be a good thing...

.54 Cal bullet used in Battle of Franklin

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Comments (27)

Jen Anderson
Exit By the Bay Realty - Chesapeake Beach, MD

Michael, very cool find.  Digging up the past can be fun.  We found an arrowhead a few weeks ago along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Mar 31, 2010 12:01 AM
Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com... - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Looks like a mean bullet,  I would not want to get hit by that slug.

Mar 31, 2010 12:06 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


We were once building homes south of Jonesboro GA, and while we didn't find any artifacts, the earthworks were plainly visible in the woods behind the subdivision. It is awe inspiring to think of what it was like there in the heat of battle.

Mar 31, 2010 12:09 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Were you near the McGavoct Property. I read that book a year ago. I want to go there next trip into Franklin.

Mar 31, 2010 12:28 AM
Jane Cross
Homes By Cross serving Charlotte NC Real Estate Needs - Charlotte, NC

Michael, It seems to me, if I remember correctly HAHA that it is the female elephant that recalls every moment and every date of that moment! Great find for your collection!

Mar 31, 2010 12:36 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I guess its not all about home inspecting anymore. It is an archeological experience Michael...
Its midweek for most Americans,

Mar 31, 2010 01:15 AM
Frank Kliewer
Woodinville, WA

It is amazing Michael when we can connect to our past through a found object like that. Well done.

Mar 31, 2010 02:17 AM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Michael....What a cool find.  I'm glad you found it because many people wouldn't even know what they had.  Nice segue from domestic disputes to American History.

cosmic cow

Mar 31, 2010 03:20 AM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Terrific find, Michael. I would have been very excited - as I am sure you were!


Mar 31, 2010 03:23 AM
Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
Eastvale - 951-847-4883

When I saw the photo I was only half-way reading through - I thought you were going to say something like 'this is the bullet that you shot at me when you were mad' back in 1984.  Glad to know it goes much further back!

Mar 31, 2010 03:26 AM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Great find. Sometimes I take photos on and old section of Ft. Meade that used to be the artillery range. I hope I never find anything that didn't explode there.


Mar 31, 2010 07:24 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

What an interesting find and a certainly the history that surrounds the area makes it note worthy. 

Mar 31, 2010 09:23 AM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

I had an uncle who used to locate and save arrow heads. Very interesting.

Mar 31, 2010 01:04 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


So glad that you had the expertise to recognize what you found!   Now your  collection grows.

Mar 31, 2010 01:16 PM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Michael: What a great find; it definitely pays to look down sometimes, never know what you may find. I bet that made your day.

Mar 31, 2010 01:23 PM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

That is very cool Michael! To have a piece of history is priceless!

Mar 31, 2010 03:16 PM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

I haven't looked for any in a few years. You can still find them in the farmland around franklin.

Mar 31, 2010 03:23 PM
Jay Lloyd
Cape Coral Florida - Cape Coral, FL
Allpro Home Inspection

Hi Michael, that's super cool. What a find. Thanks for posting the picture. just awesome!

Best Regards, Jay

Mar 31, 2010 05:54 PM
Dora & Vincent Kwok
HomeSmart Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
CNE - Chandler, Arizona Real Estate

Hi Michael - Nice story for the post.

Apr 01, 2010 03:03 PM
Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri
Keller Williams Realty - Franklin, TN
It matters to us as much as it matters to you.

Michael, could you please re-seed the hole you dug in my back yard?  Kidding aside I am watching the creation of the battle field park that used to be a golf course in my back yard.

Apr 01, 2010 05:40 PM