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The Civil War Union Bullet, specifically the Union 3-Ring Minie Ball, stands as a remarkable technological artifact from a pivotal period in American history. This bullet, used during the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865, represents a significant advancement in the field of firearms and ammunition. Its three distinct rings were ingeniously designed to grip the grooves of a rifle's barrel, which allowed the bullet to spin as it traveled through the air. This spin mimicked the aerodynamics of a football, ensuring remarkable accuracy and deadliness for its time. The Union, during the course of the Civil War, produced an astonishing 500 million of these bullets, a testament to the scale and intensity of the conflict.


The American Civil War itself was a momentous and tragic chapter in the nation's history. It was a conflict that pitted the Northern states, collectively known as the Union, against the Southern states, which had formed the Confederate States of America. At its core, the war was rooted in the contentious issue of slavery, particularly the expansion of slavery into newly acquired territories. The situation had been brewing for decades, but by 1860, when the war became inevitable, there were approximately four million enslaved black individuals in a nation of 32 million. Virtually all of these enslaved people were located in the Southern states. This stark division over the issue of slavery and the ensuing war would have profound and lasting consequences for the United States, ultimately leading to the abolition of slavery and the reunification of the nation. The discovery of the Civil War Union Bullet serves as a tangible connection to this turbulent period and reminds us of the technological innovations that played a role in the conflict's unfolding.

Civil War Union Bullet Display

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