A Bullet Lives On (click on song title to hear MP3 music clip)
© Jennie Avila
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Small sampling of carved bullets found in Civil War battlefields.
Courtesy of Doug Bast, Boonsborough Museum of History
So much ammunition was fired during the Battle of Antietam that even one hundred years later, people were still digging up bullets in their backyards. Civil War soldiers used the lead bullets as material to carve toys, tools, charms and necessities. "A Bullet Lives On" is a song based on hundreds of carved bullets displayed at the Boonsboro Museum of History. Jennie chose seven bullet carvings, (a bottle stopper, a pencil, dice, etc.), and imagined why they were carved. Each verse is dedicated to an exhibited bullet, and the soldier who carved it.
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