Workers cut Gettysburg oak, find Civil War bullets

August 9, 2011 - 11:59 AM

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Workers cutting up a fallen tree at Gettysburg National Military Park came across some Civil War artifacts when their chain saw struck bullets that were buried in the tree's trunk.

Park Superintendent Bob Kirby said Tuesday that the bullets were discovered last week while crews were cutting through the oak tree on Culp's Hill. That was the site of intense fighting on July 2 and 3 in 1863.

Kirby says it was common to find bullets there 100 years ago, but now it's a rarity.

Officials say two sections of the tree's trunk have been removed. They will be treated to remove insects and mold and then will be added to the park's museum collection.