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American Civil War Inventions - Weapons: The attention of the American inventors during the Industrial Revolution was dominated by the American Civil War (1861 - 1865) and the invention of new weapons. American Civil War Inventions included aerial reconnaissance using the hot air balloon, Ironclads, Submarines, Under-water Mines, Limelights, Rockets and Rocket launchers, Machine Guns / Gatling Guns, Hand Grenades and the Minie Ball.

Civil War Inventions - The Inventors: The names of the major weapon inventors during the American Civil War were Thaddeus Lowe, Horace Lawson Hunley, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Richard J. Gatling, William F. Ketchum and Claude Minie. At the end of the Civil War, Dynamite was invented by Alfred Nobel.

Civil War Inventions List: List of Inventions of the Civil War: *** Ironclads *** Submarine *** Spar-Torpedo *** Under-water Mine *** Land Mine *** Limelights *** Rocket launchers *** Aerial Reconnaissance *** Gatling Guns *** Portable Telegraph Units *** Triage System *** Hand Grenades *** Minie Ball *** Photojournalism *** Spencer Repeating Rifle *** Dahlgren gun *** Double-barreled cannon *** List of Civil War Inventions ***

Civil War Inventions - Minie Ball (1855): The invention of the Minie Ball, a highly destructive bullet fired from a rifle, was made in 1855 by the French inventor Claude Etienne Minie.

Civil War Inventions - Ironclad (1862): The invention of the Ironclad was made in 1862 by the American inventor John Ericsson who pioneered the building of the USS Monitor that revolutionized the building of old, wooden ships by covering them with iron and steel .    

Civil War Inventions - Submarine (1860): The famous Confederate Submarine, the Hunley, was developed by the inventor and marine engineer Horace Lawson Hunley in 1860 by converting a steam boiler into a submarine.

Civil War Inventions - Spar-Torpedo (1864): The invention of the Spar-Torpedo was made in 1864 when the Hunley submarines were armed with a spar-torpedo made from a bomb with a charge attached to the end that was propelled at the end of a long pole.

Civil War Inventions - Under-water Mine (1861): The invention of the Under-water Mine was made in 1861 by the American inventor Matthew Fontaine Maury and used to great effect at the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864.

Civil War Inventions - Land Mine (1862): The invention of the Land Mine was made in 1862 by the American General Gabriel J. Rains.

Civil War Inventions - Limelights (1863): The invention of Limelights  (chemical lamps that used super-heated balls of lime to create an incandescent glow) were put to good use in 1863 by the American General Quincy Adams Gillmore. The Limelights successfully illuminated artillery targets and causing problems to Confederate riflemen who were temporarily blinded by the light. Limelights were also used as signalling devices.

Civil War Inventions - Rocket launchers (1860): The invention of Rocket launchers was made in 1860 but were are unsuccessful  as they were highly inaccurate in targetting.

Civil War Inventions - Aerial Reconnaissance (1860): The invention of Aerial Reconnaissance was made in 1860 by the American inventor Professor Thaddeus Lowe who persuaded the military to use Hot Air Balloons for Aerial Reconnaissance.

Civil War Inventions - Gatling Guns (1861): The invention of Gatling Guns was made in 1861 by the American inventor Dr. Richard J. Gatling. The Gatlings were six-barreled guns that were capable of firing up to 350 rounds per minute.

Civil War Inventions - Portable Telegraph Units (1860): The invention of Portable Telegraph Units was made in 1860 for use on battlefields. Assistant secretary of war, Andrew Carnegie, organized the military telegraph system. The first Telegraph message ever sent was made by Samuel Morse on May 24, 1844.

Civil War Inventions - Triage System (1862): The invention of the Triage System was made in 1862 by the American Dr. Jonathan Letterman. It was system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors from battle injuries.

Civil War Inventions - Hand Grenades (1861): The invention of the Ketchum hand grenade was developed in 1861 by William F. Ketchum.

Civil War Inventions - Photojournalism (1860): Photojournalism was pioneered by Mathew B. Brady by using of a mobile studio and darkroom to take battlefield photographs that brought home the reality of war to the public.

Civil War Inventions - Spencer Repeating Rifle (1860): The invention of the Spencer Repeating Rifle was made in 1860 by the American inventor Christopher Miner Spencer

Civil War Inventions - Dahlgren gun (1849): The invention of the Dahlgren gun (a cast-iron muzzle-loading cannon, used by the Navy, with vastly increased range and accuracy) was made in 1849 by Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren.

Civil War Inventions - Double-barreled cannon (1863): The invention of the Double-barreled cannon was made in 1863 by the American inventor John Gilleland.

Civil War Inventions: We hope that the facts in this article have provided the answers to all of your questions about Civil War Inventions and their famous inventors. At the end of the Civil War, Dynamite was invented by Alfred Nobel.

Civil War Inventions Fact File: Inventions: Ironclads *** Spar-Torpedo *** Under-water Mine *** Limelights *** Submarine *** Rocket launchers *** Gatling Guns *** Portable Telegraph Units *** Triage System *** Minie Ball *** Spencer Repeating Rifle *** Dahlgren gun *** Double-barreled cannon *** Land Mine ***Photojournalism *** Aerial Reconnaissance *** Hand Grenades *** List of Inventions of the Civil War ***

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