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Top 10 Civil War Innovations

Society & Culture  (tags: Civil War, society, world, history )

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Did you know that the Civil War was the first time that men carried pocket watches, canned milk and shoes in standard sizes into battle? Here's a list of the top 10 innovations of the Civil War.

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Mary Riley (999)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 5:30 am
I love the sewing machine, and when you think about it, they haven't changed all that much.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 5:33 am
interesting, thanks Anna

Fiona O (565)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 6:34 am
I am amazed that canned food was not popular until the Civil War.

Trequl M (170)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 10:02 am
Noted with thanks.

Peggy Peters (29)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 10:47 am
It is hard to believe that out of war and strife such useful and innovative ideas and products emerged!
TY Anna!

Rosie L (73)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 12:20 pm
great article thanks for sharing!

Christopher Fowler (82)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 1:31 pm
And let's not forget the medical advances, such as the first stomach surgeries (in an attempt to save soldiers that would otherwise die without the effort to try), The "discovery" that there was no such thing as "bad air", sterilization, ending the use of sponges (replacing them with clean cloth that could only be used once and cleaned) for post-op cleaning of wounds.

There was also the more destructive advance of the grandfather to the machine gun, the Gatling gun.

From war we advance, in medicine, faster than during peace.

Josh Townsend (34)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 1:44 pm
Awesome list, Anna!

Clifton Jackson (124)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 2:02 pm

Pat B (356)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 4:54 pm
WOW!! This is a great post! I enjoyed the History Lesson. Thank you, Anna for this one.

Charlene Rush (2)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 5:25 pm
There can be no doubt, that there is a disguised under-lying reason, for resurrecting the abortion issue.
Quite honestly, I don't believe that the GOP, cares that deeply about this matter, except where is involves the extremem religious, 'right' fanatics.

Abortion is about POWER & CONTROL over women; it always has been.
The most intriguing part of this is, they have even been able to convince women, that this it about unborn fetuses.
I'm always astonished, when intelligent women don't get it.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 5:29 pm
Thanks Anna.

This post illustrates the impact wars can have; they help inventions become innovations..e.g.People had been eating canned foods as early as 1772, despite the can opener not being patented until 1855/58. The Crimean, American Civil, and Franco Prussia Wars provided the right environment for that invention (and others) to thrive.

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Tuesday March 29, 2011, 5:48 pm

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Edgar Zuim (47)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 6:10 pm
Interesting. Often due to extreme necessity, we are forced to improvise situations that can change our habits and concepts.

Charlene Rush (2)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 6:22 pm
If that picture is not a Salvador Dali, someone is copying him.

If you want to read about a real _WILD MAN_, this is the guy.
Keep your kids away.

Lionel G. (4)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 8:29 pm
All of these innovations would have developed without war. This old myth makes about as much sense as claiming the way to make your car run better is to get into a duel to the death with your next-door neighbor. The Civil War was perhaps the bloodiest war ever fought, and left horrible scars on American families, some of which had dead sons on both sides to mourn. I urge everyone to read Mark Twain's The Private History of a Campaign that Failed. Read it all the way to its heart-rending conclusion.

Lionel G. (4)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 8:32 pm
ps. Also read The Man He Killed, by Thomas Hardy.

Mary T (178)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 8:45 pm
Noted Thanks Anna

Melissah C (389)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 12:40 am

Lika P (130)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 2:01 am
Thank you, this is a very educational article.

Regina P (67)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 8:38 am
Noted. I like the sewing machine. Thanks

Natividad P (104)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 11:14 am
Noted. Really very interesting, thanks for the article Anna

William Ford (1)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 1:25 pm
War doesn't educate itself but kill education for no reason

Stefano Vescovini (0)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 4:10 pm

Lee M (1)
Thursday March 31, 2011, 2:38 pm
See Pat's post on Facebook. What is not well publicized is that soldiers were ordered to shoot their wounded horses IF the troops bedded down for the night because the horses crying was disturbing to the troops. However, if the horses were wounded in the field and the troops moved on, they left the horses to die since they didn't want to "waste" a bullet that could be used to kill a person.

Dana W (9)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 10:40 pm
Interesting, thanks! Also many innovations were made in embalming so that soldiers' bodies could be preserved long enough to be sent home for burial.
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