Weapons used during the Civil War

Civil War Artillery

Civil War artillery played a very important part during the American Civil War. It was used against infantry, buildings, fortifications, and ships. Artillery was limited during the Civil War to firing at targets the gunners could actually see.

There were no forward observers who could direct fire onto a target. Artillery […]

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Civil War Bayonet

The Civil War Bayonet was a sharpened piece of steel with a ring on the end that slid over the barrel of a rifle, it was then turned and locked into place.

This is called a ring bayonet, bayonets today are essentially the same as they were during the Civil War, […]

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Civil War Swords

Civil War Swords were important to officers.

It was the greatest symbol of their authority. It was a very useful tool to direct men in battle.

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You could say it’s somewhat like how a conductor uses their wand […]

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The Whitworth cannon is a Civil War artillery piece imported from England by both sides during the Civil War. Only the South actually used this gun during the war however.

Shell Type

It was a rifled Civil War cannon that fired an elongated 12-pound shell.

Whitworth […]


Confederate Railroads

Confederate railroads could never measure up to their Union counterparts. The Civil War showed the necessity of a very good railroad system. Civil War technology created the first modern war and it was the first war of movement using railroads on a large scale.

At the beginning of the Civil […]

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Union Artillery

Union Artillery had a great advantage over Confederate artillery. They had well trained officers in charge, and factories that manufactured their weapons. The start of the Civil War sent both sides into high gear as they devised and plotted with metal and iron to make cannons of every imaginable variety.

The […]

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Springfield Model 1861

The Springfield Model 1861 was the standard rifle used by Union infantry during the Civil War. The rifle was produced in Springfield Massachusetts, which is where it got its name. The total weight of the rifle is 9 pounds. Roughly 700,000 Springfield rifles were produced between 1861 and 1865.

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Spencer Rifle


The Spencer Rifle was the customary firearm for the Union cavalry trooper. The carbine version was used because it was shorter, lighter, and easier to reload quickly. This weapon was like because it was easy to load and relatively accurate when shot from any position, prone or horseback.

The Union army […]

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Sharps Rifle


The Sharps Rifle was one of the finest rifles ever built. It marked the beginning of a new trend in the field of rifles and the men who used them.

The old-way of loading and firing a rifle was to load it from the muzzle; this weapon however could be loaded […]

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Railroad Train

The Union railroad train system was far superior to Confederate railroads during the Civil War. The Union had many industrial centers, and therefore could produce more railroads. The Union also had more manpower to maintain the trains. By 1861, two-thirds of all railroads in America were located in northern states.

Another […]

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