Civil War Weapons Carried by Soldiers
Buck and Ball

Much has been said about the impact of new weaponry on the tactics employed and resulting casualties of the American Civil War. Contributing to its designation as the first “modern war” (fodder for much debate in class) has been the notion of widespread use of long-range rifled artillery and small arms, and the introduction of […]

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Technology in U.S. Military History – 2

This post continues on the theme introduced in post 1 here. The growth in technological firepower was certainly evident in the Korean War. Roy Appleton in his fascinating work, East of Chosin (see previous post here) brings to life the murderous effect of mobile artillery including the M19 full-track (dual-40) below as used by trained American soldiers in […]

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New Page: the weapons… first entry – Minié ball

I am in need of another page on which to collect notes about weapons. I’ve begun it here. First entry… Cylindroconcoidal Bullet [“Minié ball”] Invented by a Captain Norton of the British army in 1832. [TACWOMW, 16] Perfected by Claude-Etienne Minié (right) in 1843, a captain in the French army. [TACWOMW, 16] “Previously too slow […]

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The Weapons They Carried

Much has been said about the impact of new weaponry on the tactics employed and resulting casualties of the American Civil War. Contributing to its designation as the first “modern war” (foder for much debate in class) has been the notion of widespread use of long-range rifled artillery and small arms, and the introduction of […]

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