A Beautiful Glittering Lie
One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

What does 'minié ball' mean?

Find out what minié ball means. Minié ball is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie

minié ball

(pronounced min-ee or min-ee-ay) The standard infantry bullet of the Civil War. It was designed for muzzle-loading rifle-muskets. the bullet was invented by two Frenchmen, Henri-Gustave Delvigne, and Claude-Étienne Minié.

This term is used in my book, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, in the following example:

(Page 226)
The men were instructed to advance toward their enemy. They audaciously marched across an open field in front of the church, in perfect alignment, while a hails-torm of minié balls rained down on their errand of death. Because it was still too dark to see, the men could hardly determine who was shot, except for random screams that came across the field both near and far, and were unable to distinguish between blue and gray uniforms. Solid shot cracked into skulls and bones, which sounded like breaking eggshells.

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Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"...The men were instructed to advance toward their enemy. They audaciously marched across an open field in front of the church, in perfect alignment, while a hailstorm of minié balls rained down on them. Because it was still too dark to see, the men could hardly determine who was shot, except for random screams that came across the field both near and far, and they were unable to distinguish between blue and gray uniforms. Solid shot cracked into skulls ..."

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