Satterlee Artifacts Unearthed

Two artifacts dating from the Civil War military Satterlee General Hospital have been found in Clark Park. They were turned up in the soil of the volleyball pitch by accident after a heavy rain several years ago, before the reconstruction of the North Park (“A” Park), by veteran volleyballer Jim Matson, who has kept them to this day.
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Matson has researched the two objects. He says one is a Civil War-period rifle bullet. The other is a button from a uniform of a unit of German sharpshooters that was recruited by the United States Army.

The volleyball pitch lies either just inside the SW corner of Satterlee, or just outside it, on or beside Baltimore Pike. The pike was the main access road to Satterlee. It ran alongside the west bank of Mill Creek’s meadow at that point.

The Gettysburg Stone nearby is a monument to Satterlee, which treated all the wounded of the Army of the Potomac, from Bull Run to Appomattox.

–Tony West
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