New Weapons of War

Civil War 1861-1865

New Technology changes warfare

As the civil war started there were many new technological breakthroughs, some helped save lives and other made it easier to take them. The Minie ball, full bore rifling, the first standard infantry rifle, and trench warfare are some of them.


Trench Warfare

When you think of trench warfare you think of WW1 and WW2 on the eastern front. While it became iconic in these wars it was pioneered during the American Civil war. It is the practice of digging long ditches across a battlefield, you can stand in the trench and it gives you cover on a barren plain. The Petersburg Campaign saw over 30 miles of trenches and prolonged use of trench warfare. It is one of the best civil war examples of modern trench warfare.
Civil War Minie Ball
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