What were the inventions of the American Civil War?
There were a number of inventions, including repeating rifles, the machine gun, land mines, rotating turrets on warships, and the first military application of air power with observation balloons.
Sorry. The turreted warship was invented by Cowper Coles, a Briton, who went to the bottom on an early example.
One of the reason for the terrible losses of the Civil War is because the advancement of medicine did not parallel the advancement in artillery design and invention.
The iron clad ship was a great invention. I think the south invented it though. The first south iron clad ship was the Merrimac, and the first northern ship was the Monitor. When they met in battle no one won because the bullets just bounced off the steel plates.
The observation balloon was not used in war after 1863. Many people were killed because the balloon tore apart, cooled too quickly, or blew up. Both the Confederacy and the Union used the balloons.
It probably didn't win the war, but the Spencer repeating rifle was pretty effective. The Rebs called it "that damned Yankee gun they load on Sunday and shoot all week." The North also had the capability to manufacture self-contained cartridges and the South had to import ammunition for the few cartridge arms they had.
A: Don't forget the armoured trains used both by Confederates and Unionists, the
submarine (C.S.S. "Hunley"), the wire used (smooth wire indeed) used to strengthen the passive obstacles of the entrenchments, the submarine mine.
The main difference between the American Civil War and the American Revolutionary War was that the Revolutionary War was fought between the British Empire and the American Colonies, the latter of which declared independence; and the "Civil War" was fought between the United States, and the Confederated States of America--two separate and distinct countries. So, in actuality, the "Civil War" was not a civil war, since it was a war between to countries.