New Weapons of the Civil War

The Minie Ball

The Minie ball replaced the less accurate lead ball. The minie ball has grooves ingraved on it that match grooves in the gun; this causes the bullet to spin as it leaves the barrel. The spinning gives it more accuracy and range.


Grooved Barrels

Having a grooved barrel help the gun maintain accuracy and increase range. The gun was most affective with a Minie Ball bullet.


The Telegraph

Telegraph-a system for transmitting messages from a distance along a wire, esp. one creating signals by making and breaking an electrical connection.

Abraham Lincoln used the telegraph to win the Civil War. The telegraph gave him the power to command the union army from Washington, DC. He spent most of his time reading and sending telegraphs. This was an advantage hehad over the South.