Guelzo deftly sketches the leading personalities on both sides, yet also has time to describe the sound made by a minie ball.
A minie ball cut the staff of the flag in two just above Billy's head.
He led the charge and a minie ball struck him, and he said 'Lay me down.
A minie ball imbedded itself in a rail beside Steve's cheek.
He was riding in the center of the fight, cheering his men, when a minie ball cut an artery of his thigh.
A great shot, aimed accurately as a minie ball, struck the frail pilot-house.
Struck by a minie ball, he kept in the saddle, falling exhausted and dying from the loss of blood.
Often a bayonet thrust was given before the minie ball went crashing through the body.
At the moment that Jenkins fell I received a severe shock from a minie ball passing through my throat and right shoulder.
Endeavouring to draw himself a little higher, a minie ball went through his shoulder.
kind of rifle bullet, 1853, named for its inventor, French army officer Claude-Étienne Minié (1814-1879), who designed it 1847-8.