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Armaments
By the end of the Civil War, the age of the bayonet had ended. All of America's productive capacity and technical ingenuity focused on developing more effective armaments - the most important single innovation being the Minié bullet which could kill at half a mile and was accurate at 250 yards.

Yorktown, Va. Confederate fortifications

Yorktown, Va. Confederate fortifications, with large gun
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 June.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0453


Petersburg, Va. Row of stacked Federal rifles

Petersburg, Va. Row of stacked Federal rifles; houses beyond
Photograph of the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg,June 1864-April 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 April 3.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3229


James River, Va. Confederate

James River, Va. Confederate gun emplacement above Dutch Gap
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the Army of the James, June 1864-April 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0050


Unknown location. 6-pdr.

Unknown location. 6-pdr. field gun, model 1841
Photographs of artillery, place and date unknown.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-2731


Unknown location. Confederate brass mountain howitzers

Unknown location. Confederate brass mountain howitzers
Photographs of artillery, place and date unknown.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3154


Yorktown, Va. Confederate fortifications

Yorktown, Va. Confederate fortifications reinforced with bales of cotton
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 June.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-2369


Yorktown, Va. Confederate sandbag fortifications

Yorktown, Va. Confederate sandbag fortifications
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 June.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0451


Petersburg, Va. Sections of chevaux-de-frise

Petersburg, Va. Sections of chevaux-de-frise before Confederate main works
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3206


Unknown location. Modified 12-pdr.

Unknown location. Modified 12-pdr. breech-loading Whitworth gun
Photographs of artillery, place and date unknown.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3278


Petersburg, Va. Confederate fortifications

Petersburg, Va. Confederate fortifications with chevaux-de-frise beyond
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3302


Atlanta, Ga. Confederate palisades

Atlanta, Ga. Confederate palisades and chevaux-de-frise near Potter house
Photograph of the War in the West. These photographs are of Sherman in Atlanta, September-November, 1864. After three and a half months of incessant maneuvering and much hard fighting, Sherman forced Hood to abandon the munitions center of the Confederacy. Sherman remained there, resting his war-worn men and accumulating supplies, for nearly two and a half months. During the occupation, George N. Barnard, official photographer of the Chief Engineer's Office, made the best documentary record of the war in the West; but much of what he photographed was destroyed in the fire that spread from the military facilities blown up at Sherman's departure on November 15.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3643


Alexandria, Va. Battery Rodgers

Alexandria, Va. Battery Rodgers at Hunting Creek and the Potomac; 8-in. Parrott gun in foreground; a Rodman gun beyond
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, view of the defenses of Washington.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-1132


Richmond, Va. Captured siege guns

Richmond, Va. Captured siege guns at Rocketts; different view
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, fallen Richmond, April-June 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3282


Fort Monroe, Va. The 'Lincoln Gun'

Fort Monroe, Va. The "Lincoln Gun," a 15-inch Rodman Columbiad
Photograph of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- specifically of Fort Monroe, Va.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7419


Richmond, Va. Piles of solid shot

Richmond, Va. Piles of solid shot, canister, etc., in the Arsenal grounds; Richmond & Petersburg Railroad bridge at right
Photograph of the main eastern theater of war, fallen Richmond, April-June 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3276


Charleston, S.C. Interior of Fort Sumter

Charleston, S.C. Interior of Fort Sumter with gabions; another view
Photograph of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, specifically of Charleston, S.C., 1863-1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 April.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3061


Soldiers with cannon

Soldiers with cannon on small railroad car
CREATED/PUBLISHED: between 1861 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-102115


The gun 'Jeff Davis,'

The gun "Jeff Davis," identified as a Rodman smooth bore gun in Port Royal, South Carolina
CREATED/PUBLISHED: photographed 1861 and printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-111976


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