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  •  Actually almost every technology (10+ / 0-)

    used in WWI had an analogue in the American Civil war.  Iron clads -- battleships, from at least Atlanta on, the South used trenches,  rifling extended the effective range of muskets from 100 to 600 yards, the CSS Hunley was the first submarine to sink a capital ship, Gatling guns - machine guns.  One Ohio (?) cavalry unit had repeating rifles.  Aerial observation, via balloon vs. aircraft.  Sized mass produced clothing, left and right boots were also artifacts of Industrialized War.

    Bismark's "Iron Rule of Warfare" was proven in the ACW, as the Union had over 20,000 miles of interconnected railroads in 1861, the South only had 9,000 miles and most if it wasn't interconnected.  Guns made in Springfield, Massachusetts could be put in one boxcar and shipped directly to the Army of the Potomac, or even the Army of the Mississippi.  Guns made in Richmond or Atlanta had to be shipped from one rail head to the next, unloaded, carted across town and loaded on another train several times on their way to Vicksburg.  

    “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

    by markdd on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:22:42 AM PST

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    •  It did have analogues (4+ / 0-)
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      but it didn't have the scope and refinement that finally put it over the edge.  The US war was much more fluid and still controlled by the old methodologies, though the day they became obsolete could be discerned-especially in hindsight.

      "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man.'" J. R. Robertson.

      by NearlyNormal on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:48:54 AM PST

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