Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 51

Guns of the Civil War

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Unknown on The History Channel
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Guns of the Civil War
It was a war in which brother fought brother and battlefields became slaughterhouses. During the Civil War, the country was in the midst of an industrial revolution and developed the most destructive killing machines the world had ever seen. Join us for a test fire of Civil War guns--the first truly modern weaponsmoreless
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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • At the Battle of Chancellorsville, Stonewall Jackson was killed by fiendly fire. His party was mistaken for a Union calvary force by Confederate troops and fired upon. Jackson was hit by three bullets. His arm had to be amputated and he died eight days later of pneumonia.

      • The Spencer Rifle was so instrumental to the Union's victory at Hoover's Gap that one member of the brigade wrote his wife: "Our men adore them as the heathen do their idols."

      • The country's first arsenal, the Springfield Armory, was founded by George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and offically designated in 1794.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It was a war in which brother fought brother, where battlefields became slaughterhouses, where the technology and ingenuity of an industrial revolution were put to the task of making the most destructive killing machines the world had ever seen. From the Springfield to the Spencer, from the Napoleon to the Gatling Gun these were the first truly modern weapons. Now: The Guns of the Civil War, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        Russ A. Pritchard
        Director Emeritus, Civil War Library

        Philip Schreier
        National Firearms Museum

        R.L. Wilson

        Richard Rollins
        Editor, Rank and File Publications

        Brian Pohanka

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