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Civil War Out West Dropped/Fired Ammunition

New Mexico Territory

Fort Fillmore, New Mexico Territory 

Built 1851 - Abandoned 1862


(Every bullet may vary in size or shape, bullets are picked at random. Our choice only.)


The war on the western frontier is home to some of the most isolated and brutal battles that took place. The threat was real as confederate and union forces fought for control of the territory and native americans fought for survival. This bullet witnessed that history and was rescued from development by metal detectorist working in the area near the fort in the 1960's.


Originally built as a simple adobe structure, Fort Fillmore consisted of barracks, officer quarters, stables, and other necessary facilities for the garrison. It served as a base for troops tasked with protecting settlers from Native American raids and maintaining order in the region.


During the early 1850s, Fort Fillmore played a significant role in the military campaigns against the Apache and Navajo tribes, who were resisting American expansion into their traditional lands. Troops stationed at the fort conducted patrols and expeditions into the surrounding territory to suppress Native American resistance and protect settlers.


In addition to its military duties, Fort Fillmore also served as an important center for diplomacy and trade. It was located near the border with Mexico, and its proximity to El Paso del Norte (present-day Ciudad Juárez) made it a key point of contact between American and Mexican authorities. The fort also facilitated trade and communication between Anglo-American settlers and the local Hispanic and Native American communities.


However, Fort Fillmore's existence was relatively short-lived. With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Confederate forces from Texas quickly moved to capture strategic points in New Mexico, including Fort Fillmore. The fort was abandoned by Union troops in July 1861, and it fell into Confederate hands without resistance. The Confederates occupied the fort for a brief period before abandoning it themselves later that year.

Civil War Dropped Ammo Fillmore

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