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The Revolutionary War and the Civil War may seem very different at firstglance due to their differences in time But actually they were very similar inmany ways One way in which they were so similar is in the weapons they used Many of the weapons used in the Civil War were either the same or based off ofthe weapons from the American Revolution One very important similarity is the use of black gun powder Black gunpowder was the primary source of firing power in both the American Revolutionand also the Civil war It was used to fire all of the artillery and all of the calvery But a very big problem with black gun powder was that it fouled very fast Thiswas a major issue because it ment that they could not hold on to it for very long orit would go bad So they would have to be prepared for those long trips andbattles Black gun powder was also very messy and would get all over the soldiersand there equipment This kept it very hard for them to stay clean and alsosanitary which brought on a lot of disease Black gun powder played a major rolein both wars The use of black gun powder made the weapons used very similarCannons and Howitzers shorter- barreled cannons with a chamber werevery important weapons in both wars Cannons were very important to the armiesbecause of there ability to shoot long distances This made it possible for thearmies to have less hand to hand combat Cannons from both wars were also madefrom the same materials Iron and bronze were the most common materials used Even though cannons were very important in the wars they were also very scarce The cannons were very heavy and took many horses to move them from battle tobattle This would slow down the troops So they did not have many cannons ifany at all Howitzers were used mainly by the navy
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