American Civil War Bullets
Civil War Bullets
American Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army
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.
Original color digital image, 2015: Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.
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Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.
Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
Seminole County, Florida
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