FC: Civil War Technologies Sasha Arislanouk
1: RAILROAD | The introduction of the railroad system aided the country's economy greatly and dominated all other methods of transportation in the United States. Railroads allowed for the mass-transport of large items, including troops. The system allowed soldiers to travel to places much quicker and to be able to have their equipment transported at the same time. Being constructed in 1863, the railroads had a great impact on the effectiveness of getting to different bases for the North, at least. 22,000 miles of track had been laid in the Northern states and 9,500 in the South. For future references, railroads have altered the way the U.S. views mass-transport.
2: The telegraph was another invention that lead to many renditions of the concept. It allowed messages to be transfered without much physical interaction between the sender and recipient. Lincoln utilized the telegraph a great deal to stay in direct contact with war generals. This newfound form of communication allowed the enemy to decipher encrypted messages and use those messages in beneficial war tactics. Over 1 million telegrams were sent over the course of the Civil War, showing that this method of communication was greatly useful. Telegraphs led to the creation of many other direct forms of communication, making it a very influential invention during this time period. | Telegraph
3: Starting with Mathew Brady's experimentations with daguerrotypes, photography quickly became a notable invention during the Civil War. By taking pictures of war, photographers were able to express ideas that words could not. It allowed easy documentation to take place for years to come. Photography also provided a source of employment during busy moments of war. About 3500 pictures were taken during the Civil War under Mathew Brady's name, which shows just how big of an impact he had on the technology. Photography has developed greatly over the years and has changed drastically to be a quicker and easier process that anyone could do. | Photography
4: Minie balls could be more easily loaded and proved to have a greater effectiveness in terms of reaching distance. The Minie Balls were a great step forward in warfare - they reduced the rate of casualties for years to come, with little personal exposure because of the great range it had. They were able to reach distances up to 400 yards! Forever changing ways of fighting, the Minie Balls were a great addition to Civil War inventions. | Minie Balls
5: These seemingly-indestructible iron ships were used both as defense mechanisms as well as for war tactics. They had specified gun placements that revolutionized the way wars were fought on water. The North benefited from the Monitor having a powerful engine along with those gun placements, so the naval war was all in their favor. The future of naval warfare was determined by these ironclads' innovation and effectiveness. | Ironclads