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York CWRT: “From Round Ball to Minnie Ball” topic on February 18

Minie balls found at the site of the June 1863 skirmish of Wrightsville.
Confederate Gardner bullets and a likely Union Minie ball found at the site of the June 1863 skirmish of Wrightsville.

The York Civil War Round Table invites the public to its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the York County Heritage Trust’s Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York, PA.

This month’s speaker is York resident Chaplain Ron Bupp who will present “From Round Ball to Minnie Ball.” Bupp will trace the continuous challenge of both armies to supply the correct small arms ammunition to their diversely equipped combatants. Examples of carbine, rifle, musket, rifled musket and pistol ammunition will be presented through a PowerPoint and surviving specimens will be on display.

During the American Civil War, billions of bullets were produced by arsenals, laboratories and private contractors, all of which added to the over 1,000 varieties of small arms munitions utilized during America’s baptism of fire. Reliable sources indicate that over 5 million rounds of small ammunition were expended, destroyed or abandoned at Gettysburg alone.

This presentation will acquaint the Civil War student more fully about the destructive power of the Civil War Minnie Ball and dispel some myths still being promulgated to this day. We invite you to come and learn some differences between the ammunition of the two warring armies.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may call 717-848-1587.

Chaplain Ron Bupp (
Chaplain Ron Bupp (

Chaplain Ron Bupp began his ministry with the Good News Mission as a volunteer in 1984, just one year following his ordination with the Evangelical Christian Church. In 1990 he was awarded the missions highest honor by being chosen Chaplain of the Year. And most recently awarded that honor again in 2000, and again in 2006, with a Distinguished Service Award.

Chaplain Bupp also served as a chaplain’s assistant and a retention NCO in the 108th Field Artillery, Army National Guard as a sergeant.

Ron is a Civil War enthusiast with an interest in the Battle of Gettysburg. He has given lectures at Penn State, York Campus, high schools and civil groups on the strategy, equipment and ordnance used at Gettysburg and other related Civil War subjects.