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What advance in technology made the Civil War much deadlier than earlier American War?


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May 28, 2012 3:30PM

rifling, that is all

Pennsylvania and Kentucky flintlocks used by rangers and irregulars in the Revolution had rifling. It was the combination of the rifling with the percussion cap, which allowed for more certain firing in damp conditions; and the hollow based, rounded conical, miniè ball, which accounted for both greater distance and greater accuracy.