Military Innovations of the American Civil War Analytical Essay

Military Innovations of the American Civil War
The paper is a review of literature relating to military innovations during the American Civil War.
# 147016 | 4,700 words | 25 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 03, 2011 in History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865) , Military (Military History)

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The author of the paper contends that the American Civil War was pivotal for the development of new and revolutionary military equipment, weapons and tactics. The paper goes on to state that these innovations brought in their wake a tremendous toll in human life and paved the way for the increased and faster development of newer and more effective weapons and military equipment. The paper states that this accelerated development was also the cause for further wars. The paper performs an extensive review of literature relating to the Civil War and how this supports the papers premise.

From the Paper:

"The American Civil War was fought between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865. It is regarded as the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. Divided among the Union and Confederate forces the death toll is estimated at an astonishing 660,000 American soldiers. This total includes those killed on the battlefield and those who would later die from sickness and injuries sustained during the Civil War. The Civil War is one of the most engaging components of American History and has been written about more times than any other American fought war. This time period was pivotal for new military innovations. They were brought about throughout the Civil War in aspects such as new unfamiliar war tactics, cutting edge war vessels and transportation methods, inconceivable weaponry, etc. These innovations led to the death toll being so astronomically high and they also contributed in paving the way for future wars and weapons."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amsler, Robert. "Railroads in the Civil War." Gateway MNRA (2010).
  • Bigelow, John. Chancellorsville, Battle of Chancellorsville, Va. 1863. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Bruce, Robert V. Lincoln and the Tools of War. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1973.
  • Coffin, Charles C. Four Years of Fighting. Wisconsin: Arno Press, 1970.
  • Davis, Carl. Arming the Union: Small Arms in Civil War. Michigan: University of Michigan, Kennikat Press, 1973.

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