The Minié ball is a lead, conical bullet with three exterior grooves and a hollow base. It was the first bullet to accommodate the rifling of gun barrels which significantly increased range and accuracy—just in time for the American Civil War. The Minié ball was used extensivley by both sides of the conflict. This particular fired bullet was excavated from the site of the Battle of Brandy Station, fought on June 9, 1863 in Culpeper County, VA.
This bullet was excavated with proper respect for those who fell on that field, and is meant to serve as a reminder that scientific innovations aren’t always made with the best of intentions. You may not receive the exact artifact in the picture, but one very similar.