Civil War Bullet ID Chart

This Civil War Bullet Identification Chart can help you identify some of those minie’ and round balls that you find while out metal detecting.


I’ve only been lucky enough to find one of each near a creek..



I believe the one that I found is a .69 caliber.

They are always a pleasant surprise, and finding my first 3 ringer at a place where I was detecting for jewelry was definitely a surprise.

According to Civil War historical records, over 500 troops camped along that creek.

These bullets were likely dropped by civil war soldiers that were there camping and preparing to march to battle further south.

I feel lucky to have found them both.  It is more than possible that I was the first person to hold them in over 100 years.

Hope this Civil War Bullet ID Chart was helpful to you… Thanks for checking out my blog and first civil war bullet finds.

Want to learn more about how to identify Civil War Bullets?

Check out A Handbook of Civil War Bullets and Cartridges on amazon.

Information for the growing number of collectors as a source of accurate information on bullets, cartridges, and their manufacturers.

It can also be used as a guide and checklist to build a collection.

Have you read this BOOK: The Civil War: A Visual History Buy on Amazon

About Ozarks

I enjoy Metal Detecting in The Ozark Mountains and surrounding areas where I primarily detect for relics and coins. I have tested and used over 20+ metal detectors as a dealer and Company Sponsored 'Pro Staff' Product Tester. Previously Senior Editor of Detecting365 Metal Detecting Magazine for 7 years. I have authored over 200+ articles published on multiple metal detecting websites and magazines. I have real world experience testing metal detectors in the field and enjoy teaching others how to become better metal detectorists. Questions? Shoot me a contact email! Check out my Recommended Metal Detecting Supplies here:
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