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The Civil War

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S: Civil War Weapondry

FC: Civil War Weaponry

1: Artillery is firearms that are bigger than small arms known as artillery or cannon, cannon's were made of steel,bronze, or iron depending on availability of material.

2: Small arms include muskets, which were had a smooth bore, long barreled shoulder arms, rifle shoulder arms which are spiraled grooves cut into the inner surface of the barrel. Mini ball was a conical- cylindrical soft head bullet slightly smaller than the intended firearm barrels bore, with originally four exterior grease filled grooves and a conical hollow in its base.

4: Edged weapons include bayonets, sabers, swords, short swords, cutlasses, bowie knives, pikes, and lances classified as edged weapons, appeared in considerable profusion during the Civil War. Although they served to decorate their original possessors and delight modern collectors, they inflicted few casualties. In Regimental Losses Fox points out that of the approximately 250,000 wounded treated in Union hospitals during the war only 922 were the victims of sabers or bayonets.

6: Infantry tactics at the time of the Civil war were based on the use of the smooth bore musket, a weapon of limited range and accuracy. Firing lines that were much more than a hundred yards apart could not inflict very much damage on each other, and so troops which were to make an attack would be massed together, elbow to elbow, and would make a run for it; if there were enough of them, and them, and they ran fast enough, the defensive line could not hurt them seriously, and when they got to close quarter

7: close to quarters the advantage of numbers and the use of the bayonet would settle things.

8: What did the mini ball do in the war? It made it faster to reload and it was more accurate. It had a major part in the Civil War cause it was really accurate and it would hurt anyone it hit. Did the mini ball have a large or small impact on the war? I believe the mini ball had a big impact on the war because it way easier to load and way better accuracy. Who benefited from the mini ball? Both sides used the mini ball and improved there sides effectiveness so neither side did not benefit from

9: improved there sides effectiveness so neither side did not benefit from the mini ball. My opinion is that the war would have went longer and not so many people dead. i don't believe it made a big difference to the average person. If you hunt with a muzzle loader it uses a small lead ball, that is kinda like the mini ball.

10: Citations Baotner, Mark. "weapons of the civil war". April 24, 2010 .

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