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Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 26

Civil War Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 25, 2005 on The History Channel
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Civil War Tech
America protects its homeland with the most technologically advanced military force ever conceived. Although they fight 21st-century battles worldwide, the technology unleashed is directly descended from a war fought more than 140 years ago. This episode explores how the War between North and South was the first modern war, and the technology used in it was a quantum leap beyond any previous conflict. The machine gun, aerial reconnaissance, advanced battlefield medicine, instantaneous communication, ironclad ships, even the first aircraft carrier were all innovations developed during the Civil War. We'll investigate improvements in weapons, sea power, transportation, troop conveyance, food processing, medical care, and telecommunications. At a time when the nation was divided, Civil War technology revolutionized the way war was waged. Today, those technological milestones have evolved to ensure that our modern military has no equal in the world.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • During the Civil War, the price of a Springfield rifle was fifteen to twenty dollars, which was about a month's pay for a Union private.

      • The USS Monitor was the first naval vessel to have a below the waterline flush toilet.

      • In 1867, William Bullock, inventor of the high speed steam Bullock printing press, met an untimely death when he became entrapped in the gears of his invention.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: American soldiers rely on the most sophisticated technology available. If you think this is the result of 21st century innovation, think again. Try the 19th century, it was unprecedented Civil War advancements in weapons, communications, transportation, sea power and even news coverage that set the technological coverage for the art of war. Now: Civil War Tech, on Modern Marvels

    • NOTES (2)

      • Commentators:

        James I. Robertson, Jr.
        Alumni Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech

        George Wunderlich
        National Museum of Civil War Medicine

        Curtiss Peterson
        Conservator, The Mariners' Museum

        John King
        Historian, Harpers Ferry National Park

        George Hicks
        CEO, National Civil War Museum

        Nathan Spence
        Rifle Specialist, Taylor's & Co

        Tom Loy
        Musket Specialist, Taylor's & Co

        Richard Cox
        Civil War Artillery Specialist

        Adrian Winget
        Civil War Artillery Specialist

        Anna Holloway
        Curator, The Mariners' Museum

        Courtney Wilson
        Executive Director, B&O Railroad Museum

        Harry Eck
        Historian, B&O Railroad Museum

        Jim Weeks
        Editor, Civil War Times

        John Green
        Teacher, Baltimore Museum of Industry

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Jeff Cole
        Producer: Jeff Cole
        Editor: Motoshi Wakabayashi
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: David Bradstreet
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel
        Coordinator: Brad Skiles
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: Sean Heckman
        Researcher: Tom Barclay
        Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: A. Curtis Guyer
        Camera: Joshua Napier
        Camera: Charles Tudor
        Camera: Warren Watson
        Field Audio: Daniel J. Cook
        Field Audio: Art Jaso
        Field Audio: Marshall Peasy
        Field Audio: Dani Sleiman
        Field Audio: Keith Thomas
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
        Animation: Red Gypsy Animation
        Historical Consultant: James I. Robertson, Jr
        Historical Consultant: George Wunderlich

        Special Thanks:
        Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
        Baltimore Museum of Industry
        Lee Barlow
        Clayton Cox
        Richard Cox
        Clive Cussler, NUMA
        Friends of the Huntley
        Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
        Christopher Hoggard
        The Mariners' Museum
        Marc Misner
        National Civil War Museum
        National Museum of Civil War Medicine
        Martin Savidge
        John B. Sledge, Jr
        Nathan Spence
        John William Stanswell
        Taylor's & Co., Inc
        Oran L. Thomas
        Tudor Productions
        Virginia Polytechnic Institute
        Adrian Winget
        John Zimmerman

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

    • ALLUSIONS (0)