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Evolution of Civil War Weapons The American Civil War brought many changes especially in weaponry On the battle field officers sought to improve warfare strategies At home politicians attempted to reshape the political view of the war Finally in the industries engineers worked to improve the performance and cost of the weapons they wished to sell to their respective government Weapon changes occurred in two basic areas firearms also known as small arms which are anything that can be carried by a soldier and cannonsprojectiles artillery Sword and bayonets though were important saw little action in the war The relative importance of sound weaponry resulted in an accelerated evolution of weapons that sparked the dawn of modern warfare Firearms were perhaps the most basic unit of weaponry used in the civil war There are five general categories of firearms used in the civil war musket smoothbore musket musket rifle carbine and the revolver Loading and firing these weapons one of the most important lessons a soldier could learn consisted of many steps prepare to load load handle tear and charge cartridge draw rammer and ram cartridge prime shoulder arms and fire These firearms were usually implemented in effective groups and were loaded and shot to rhythm of music In general 400 men could fire 1200 LBS per minute until there was no ammunition left Museum Experience Muskets were the most widely used firearm during the Civil War Bilby 1 Foremost among these was the Springfield which was manufactured at the US Armory in Springfield Massachusetts By the end of the war the total production of this single-shot muzzle-loading musket approached 15 million A musket in good condition was fairly accurate when firing at a block of men no farther then 100 yards Alas in the battlefield the conditions and effectiveness was far from perfect The rifle was another significant weapon used in the war Although the rifle was a vital
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