Civil War Weapon Inventions Learning Activity

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Those Great Civil War Battlefield Technologies, Weapons and Firsts
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by Howard Taylor

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THE CIVIL WAR:  THE FIRST MODERN WAR

THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE MEN WHO STARTED IT ALL

 President Lincoln, as we know was very appreciative of new inventions and encouraged new weapons.  These inventions would be the beginning of our modern day weaponry and machines of war.  

CHECK OUT THESE IMPORTANT MEN AND WHAT THEY DID FOR THE UNION MILITARY

Thaddeus S.C. Lowe

Thaddeus S.C. Lowe

Thaddeus S.C. Lowe was an American aeronaut who attempted to cross the Atlantic and also introduced the use of balloons into the U.S. Civil War.

 Air Balloons in the Civil War

 

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John Ericsson

Inventor of the USS Monitor ironclad (1862) that revolutionized Navy ships from then on

The Ironclads

(Civil War Naval Ships, Men and Battles-- Confederate and Union)

 

Andrew Carnegie

Assistant secretary of war and Carnegie went to Washington to work as his right-hand man. Carnegie's work included organizing the military telegraph system.

United States Military Telegraph System
 

     
  Clara Barton circa 1866.

Clara Barton

"Lady in charge" of the hospitals on the front of battles

Frontline Medical Care for Civil War soldiers

 
     
Photograph of Gatling

Dr. Robert Gatling

Gatling was an American inventor best known for his invention of the Gatling gun, the first successful machine gun.  It was first used by the Union Army during the American Civil War.

The Gatling Gun

Christopher Miner Spencer

 Spencer was the inventor of the Spencer Repeating Rifle

The Repeater Rifle
Spencer & Winchester

 

General Herman Haupt

As a Union Army general in the American Civil War, he revolutionized military transportation, organization of the U.S. Military Railroad, in the United States and was one of the unsung heroes of the war.

The United States Military Railroad

     

 

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