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Technology and the Civil War
A look at the influence of technological advancement on the Civil War.
# 47482 | 1,647 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2004 in History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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This paper examines how the Civil War in the United States coincided with the Europe's Industrial Revolution and how, because of the many advances made possible by the use of the machine, the war marked a turning point in armed conflict. It looks at how steam technology improved sea and land transportation, enabling the movement of vast quantities of people and goods, including weapons and supplies, and how several areas of warfare were enhanced and improved as a result.


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"In terms of the Civil War, Tennessee was strategically located between the warring parties; North and South. The major rivers giving access to the interior of the state then played an important role in terms of weapon and soldier transportation. Parallel to the development of the steam boat, was the steam train. This mode of transport made it possible to carry even heavier and more artillery as well as people and supplies over great distances. Tennessee's railroad network was developed during the 1850's. In terms of railroad networks also, the North was technologically better equipped than the South. Most Southern railway lines were small affairs, and fairly primitive with less equipment and lighter rail. Partly responsible for this, as for the artillery situation, was the South's political philosophy of discomfort with organized government involvement."

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