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FC: Civil War Weaponry by Brad Sandeen and Jake Olson
1: Types of Weapons During the civil war most weaponry fell into one of two groups; small arms or artillery. - Small arms were anything a soldier could carry, and included muskets and rifles. -Artillery was anything to big to carry and included cannons of all different sizes.
2: Small arms Small arms were carried by soldiers, they were designated by their caliber, weather it was smooth boar or rifled, mode of loading, and maker. The improved range and accuracy while used with older battle tactics resulted in a greater number of deaths on the battlefield, making this the bloodiest war in American history. The mini ball was also invented during this time. It was hollow and expanded only after shot. It made loading rifles much faster, because it didn't have to be rammed down the barrel. Small arms were the main weapon used in the war.
3: Artillery Like small arms, artillery, or cannons, were designated by there caliber, smooth or rifled barrel, mode of loading, maker, but also by the load weight, boar size, and trajectory. Some could shoot many different types of shot, including grape shot, which is similar to shotgun loads, and loads designed to knock down buildings. Cannons were an excellent weapon and caused many causalities.
4: Why its important The civil war was different from any other war up to its time because of the weapons used. The weapons were far superior to any other weapons used in war up to its time, and these weapons made up the war. These weapons were more accurate, faster loading, and could be shot over longer distances. Both sides took advantage of these new weapons, but the North had the advantage of having more weapons and could transport the weapons and ammunition to its troops. They were extremely important in deciding the outcome of battles. This made the civil war the bloodiest war in American history.
6: How it Changed the War These new weapons greatly changed the war. When using these new deadly weapons with older battle tactics, casualties were way higher and battles were decided faster. Without these new weapons the war might have taken much longer, and the North wouldn't have had the advantage of having more ammo and being able to move its troops and supplies faster. Without it the soldiers would have had to fight longer and not as much progress would be made. The outcome of the war could have been completely different.
7: How it Changed War Today These new weapons greatly changed the war, and the concept is still used today. Muskets aren't used any more but rifles and pistols are still used today and are one of the main weapons used in wars. Guns are used worldwide everyday and the modern gun with rifling got their start in the civil war.