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Civil War Technology

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Civil War Technology:
Change off the Battlefield
Military Advancements
These are just a few of the advancements made for the battlefield.
Ironclad Warships
Naval mines and torpedoes
The Gatling Gun
Aerial Reconnaissance

The Civil War came with changes in technology, but many people think they were only military changes.
The truth is that there were just as many changes to the civilian life as there were to the military.
Non-Military Changes
These are some of the non-military exclusive changes that took place during the war.
The Telegraph
Railroad
Newspaper
Postal Services
The Telegraph
During the war 15,00 miles of wire were placed. (pbs.org/Civil War innovation)
Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in 1844
Although the telegraph lines were initially laid for the military, the public used it to learn about what was going on in the war.
The Railroad
The Newspaper
Abraham Lincoln saw the value in the railroad, so he had 20,000 miles of track laid down. (pbs.org)
"On July 1, 1862, Congress passed The Pacific Railroad Act. It gave the Central Pacific and Union Pacific power to start building the railroad. (commons.trincoll.edu)"
With the invention of the rotary press and steam powered printing, the newspaper became a grand means of communication. (thescientificamerican.com)
“Edward Bates, the United States Attorney General at the time, wrote a letter to the General-in-Chief of all the Union armies, Henry W. Halleck, suggesting to him that the completion of the South West branch of the Pacific Railroad would be advantageous both to the public as well as to the army”(Burns).(commons.trincoll.edu)
Much like the telegraph, at the time of the war, the public would use newspapers to learn of the events of the war. Newspapers would often use propaganda to get others to join the war.
Postal Services
The postal service created an easy way for people all over the country to communicate with one another.(commons.trincoll.edu)
News of the war would often be communicated via telegrams from state to state (commons.trincoll.edu/a-year-of-technological-progression).
Newspapers weren't just for reporting the war though some newspapers had simple stories of different cities (commons.trincoll.edu/a-year-of-technological-progression)
Betty Herndon Maury (1835–1903). Diary entry, December 28, 1862(www.loc.gov/).
Works Cited
Web. 2 Mar. 2015. <http://www.ina.gatech.edu>.
"1862: America Undeceived." 1862 America Undeceived. Web. 2 Mar. 2015. <https://commons.trincoll.edu/1862/2012/12/20/the-ne w-normal- technological-advancement-in-the-civl-war/>.
"Blog." National Museum of American History. Web. 2 Mar. 2015. <http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2012/11/was-the- civil-war-high- tech.html>.
"Feature Civil War Innovations." PBS. PBS. Web. 2 Mar. 2015. <http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/feature/civil-war-innovations/>.
"How Technology Shaped the Civil War." Scientific American. Scientific American. Web. 2 Mar. 2015. <http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-techn ology-shaped-the- civil-war-classics/>.
"Timberclads: A Civil War Alternative to Ironclads." Liberty of Congress. Web. 2 Mar. 2015. <http://blogs.loc.gov/picturethis/2013/06/timberclad s-a-civil-war- alternative-to-ironclads-2/>.
"Today's Document from the National Archives." National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration. Web. 2 Mar. 2015. <http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/ ?dod-date=821>.
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