Throughout the Civil War, many weapons were used. The Civil War marked an era of advancements in both weapons and technology. Guns made the Civil War as brutal as it is and caused the deaths of thousands of Americans, but without them many problems would have arisen. Crime would be everywhere on the streets and slavery would still exist. The Civil War shaped our country for the better, and made us the great nation that we are.
Before the war, soldiers had used muskets to fight. However, the development of the rifle and the high spread of disease caused over 600,000 American casualties. That's more American deaths than WWI, WWII, Vietnam War, Korean War, and the Revolutionary War combined. Diseases like malaria, typhoid, and smallpox spread throughout the battlefield like wildfire. Even a bullet that barely even touches a man could cause death. At the time, doctors didn't know what else to do but to amputate the body part in which the soldier was injured.
During the war, both sides used whatever they could to dispose of one another. This led to the experimental weapons. Weapons like the gatling gun, landmines, ironclad warships, rocket launchers, and calcium floodlights were some experimental weapons used throughout the war. Most of these were dismissed …show more content…
They were precise, versatile, easy to reload, and extremely deadly. With the development of the Minie Ball, the rifle became even more popular. With the high speed and velocity of the Minie Ball, it would shred through skin and bone of man. Some strong rifles that were effective with the Minie Ball were the Colt Rifle, the Sharps Carbine, and the Burnside Carbine. Before the rifles, muskets were the weapon of choice even though the range was much shorter, it was inaccurate, and took a really long time to reload. The rifle was far better, and the advancement made it one of the most deadliest weapons at the