Civil War Bullet Types (Pistol and Rifle)
Such a far-reaching war required a large collection of firearms which, in turn, relied on a vast collection of ammunition types.
The American Civil War of 1861-1865 relied on many different kinds of firearms during the years-long progression of the conflict. Both sides fielded what ever guns could be obtained, either enmass or in limited quantities. Some were private purchases and others arrived by way of government contracts. As such, this led to a plethora of bullet types being used to satisfy particular gun requirements. Many bullets can be found on protected Civil War battlefields today and those showcased below are just a sampling of the popular bullet types seen in the clash between the 'Blue and the Gray'. The bullets presented are showcased by caliber size smallest to largest for ease of identification.