New Weapons of War

The Weapons Behind the War

What Did They Have?

There were many types weapons used in the Civil War. There were swords, knives, bayonets, rifles, Ironclads, cannons, and revolvers for officers. The Colt Army Model 1860 is one example.

Advancements in Technology

The Minie Ball was much more accurate than a traditional musket ball, thanks to grooves (rifling) in the barrel of the gun. These grooves made the projectile spin making it more accurate this along with outdated battle tactics led to massive casualties. Canisters were another deadly advancement, they were were cans filled with shrapnel (glass, nails, etc.) and black powder. These exploded in the air showering troops.



The canisters were fired from cannons. Incendiary shells were also used, another type of ammunition was the cannon ball.

Officer's Saber

This is an officer's sword.
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