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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Williams "Cleaner" Bullets -- The Confusion Persists

It's amazing how much confusion persists to this day about Williams "Cleaner" Bullets.  Here's a recent example from eBay.


This seller claims to have a "Confederate" Cleaner Bullet from Appomattox.  Of course, there's no such thing.  Williams "patent" bullets, Types 1, 2, and 3, were manufactured by Elijah D. Williams exclusively for Federal troops under contract with the US Arsenal.  The Confederacy never had Williams bullets, although today many areas of the South are still covered with Type 3 bullets that were discarded by Union troops.

Here's my article on the blog about the history of these projectiles which continue to be a source of confusion and misinformation.  Caveat emptor!
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