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How did technology in the Revolutionary War differ from the civil war?
June 01, 2009 4:05AM
In one word: Steam. In the Civil War they had it. In the Revolutionary War they did not. Factories in the Civil War could produce much larger amounts of war materiel than was handcrafted in the Revolutionary War, although the quality was cheaper. The locomotive train and the telegraph improved transportation and communication. Stronger metals meant higher pressure for cannons with more range and power, and rifling and breachloading artillery were in use during the Civil War. In the Revolutionary War they used flintlock muskets, and in the Civil War they used percussion rifles. * Many of the Civil War innovations were based on science which was known during the Revolutionary War, but almost a century went by before the technology caught up to the science. By the Civil War, military technology had become lighter, faster, cheaper, and more efficient.....just like civilian technology.