American Civil War Bullets

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Title

American Civil War Bullets

Alternative Title

Civil War Bullets

Subject

American Civil War, 1861-1865
Civil War
Bullets
United States. Army
Army

Description

Bullets from the American Civil War, which was fought between the Union and the Confederacy between 1861 and 1865. After four years of battle, the Union destroyed the Confederacies infrastructure, successfully crushing their ability to continue fighting. The Civil War became the testing ground for advanced rifles and new kinds of bullets. The U.S. Ordnance Department, after conducting tests, determined that the Army should use percussion lock guns, rifled, firing conical bullets of moderate (.58 Caliber) size. Confederate President Jefferson Davis had approved these findings on July 5, 1855, when he was U.S. Secretary of War. The Confederate States of America (CSA), which was short on money and arms, rifled older muskets, which fired 0.69 caliber bullets. Along with those rifles, the CSA also bought foreign guns of many types and also used captured Union weapons. This wide range of rifles used during the war explains the multiple kinds of bullets later found on battlegrounds. The Museum of Seminole County History has a wide range of bullets found from that period that include: .54, .68, .58, .69, .53, .54, .57, .44, hospital bullets, and sharps rifle bullets.

Source

Original color digital image, 2015: Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.

Date Created

2015

Is Part Of

Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

117 KB

Medium

34 bullets

Type

Physical Object

Coverage

Seminole County, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Museum of Seminole County History and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Fried, Aaron
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Wynne, Lewis Nicholas, and Robert A. Taylor. Florida in the Civil War. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2001.
"Florida Goes to War." Florida Humanities Council Forum. Vol. 43, No. 1 (2010), 5-9.

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Original Format

1 color digital image

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