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Minie Ball Question
Posted by: Gamma_Joe
Date: July 10, 2018 02:15PM
Question about Minie Balls ...

Naturally, they were used by both sides North and South during the Civil War.

How much were they still being used, after the war ended? Into the 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, later? Hunting, personal protection, law enforcement?

Didn't guys have their weapons and some bullets after the war ended? When did those rifles and bullets become "old-fashioned and obsolete", and replaced by more modern ones?

Same question, different words: We had some CW skirmishes, no "big" battles, around here (Jacksonville, Florida). If I find a Minie Ball, do I have to assume it was from the Civil War?

All ideas are welcome.

Cheers,

Joe

Re: Minie Ball Question
Posted by: Confetrit
Date: July 10, 2018 07:01PM
Not too far from you was the Battle of Olustee Florida fought in 1864. I used to be a re enactor and we would slip out f camp into the wee hours and dig Minnie balls directly across from where we were camped. So cool. Olustee was a pretty big pitched battle. The re enactment was always one of my favorites.

Re: Minie Ball Question
Posted by: Gamma_Joe
Date: July 16, 2018 09:31PM
Still hoping for some information ...

How many years after the Civil War were Minie Balls still being used?

Into the 1870s, 1880s, 1890s? Hunting, personal protection, law enforcement?

If I find a Minie Ball, how could I know about how old it is?

Thanks for help,

Joe

Re: Minie Ball Question
Posted by: doc holiday232
Date: July 21, 2018 09:47AM
"minie" balls were used in muzzle loaders until they were replaced with cartridge loaders---some folks still shoot "minie" balls.

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