Civil War Era Minié Ball - 1860's
Civil War Era Minié Ball - 1860's


Civil War Era Minié Ball


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Origin: The Minié ball was a game changer for modern warfare, and one of it's main proving grounds was none other than the American Civil War. The lead cast slugs in this group date back to the mid-1800's, and were acquired from metal detectorists in the Eastern United States. They were discovered by thoroughly searching Civil War hot spots, and have been minimally cleaned. All have been thoroughly inspected for authenticity by the History Hoard team.

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Own a piece of America's most divisive conflict.

You would not want to be hit by a Minié ball.

Previously, musket balls were inaccurate, low powered, and could take a full minute to load. Soldiers often just ended up using their bayonets instead.

The Minié ball changed all that.

Suddenly, rifles were more accurate, more deadly, and much more practical. Minié balls exited the barrel at bone shattering speeds and hit their mark with precision.

For better or for worse, this new projectile had changed warfare forever.

When you own a Minié ball, you don't just own a piece of the American Civil War. You hold the remnants of an invention that changed the course of world history forever.

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Lincoln visiting Antietam

President Lincoln visiting the battlefield at Antietam, 1862 

About the Minié Ball

The Minié or Minni ball, named after its French inventor Claude-Étienne Minié, first came to prominence in the mid-19th century and changed the face of warfare at the time. It was most notably used in the American Civil War, by both the Union North and the Confederate South.

The main advantage of this new style of musket ball was that it allowed for rifles to be fully utilized during combat, an impossible feat just a few years earlier. The Minié ball drastically shortened the time it took to reload, by both fitting easily down the barrel of a rifle and eliminating the need for constant cleaning. 

Nurses of the American Civil War, 1862

Nurses of the American Civil War, 1862

Your order will include:

  • One unique Civil War era Minié ball, approximately .50 caliber (about a half inch in diameter, exact caliber will be specified on detail card), dated circa 1861 - 1865.
  • Glass top leather display box
  • Detail card with relevant information about the relic
  • Certificate of Authenticity


History Hoard relics are guaranteed authentic and have a 100% money back policy. Read more about the History Hoard Promise. 

Lead Warning: These Minie balls are cast from lead, and as such require careful handling. Please use gloves if you intend to handle this relic. California Prop 65: Lead is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. For more information, visit

Frequently Asked Questions:

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When you buy from History Hoard, you can rest assured that each of your new relics has been thoroughly inspected under the careful eyes of an antiquities specialist. Only items that are 100% certain to be authentic get sent to our customers.

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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.

Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.

While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.

History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.

No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.

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