New Weapons of War
The Weapons Behind the War
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 These grooves made the projectile spin making it more accurate this along with outdated battle tactics led to massive casualties.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.
These ships were wrapped in iron and armed with artillery or incendiary shells.
The rifle was the most commonly used weapon of the war.
Bayonets and Sabers
Bayonets would be attached to the muzzles of riffles. Sabers would be used by officers and cavalry.
This is an officer's sword.
The Minie Ball and rifling made these rifles much more accurate than their predecessors.
Usually a bayonet was used instead of a knife.
Bayonets were attached to the muzzles of rifles and the rifles would be used like spears.