My friend in Texas just sent me a photo of a case he found in his yard. He lives near the area where Indians killed a Scout named “negro” Britt Johnson. Johnson’s grave can be seen from his house. Here is the story of the first attack just NW of Ft Belknap in 1864. Johnson eventually got his family back, all but the one that was killed in the 1860 attack. Johnson was then attacked and killed by them in 1871 at a camp near the grave site.
Indian Raid on Elm Creek 1860
I know a 44 WCF cartridge would not have been used during that time but he did find a center fire case what looks to be a 44 WCF, in his yard. Maybe you guys can tell what it is. It is damaged but he said it was 1.275" long and the rim was right at or a tad larger than .500?
That is awfully close to the 44 WCF’s measurements.