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 Post subject: CIVIL WAR FIRSTS
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:06 am 
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I thought this was interesting. The source is the http://www.civilwarhome.com/civilwarfirsts.htm website:

Civil War "Firsts"

As the breeding ground for modern warfare, the Civil War has long been known for its "firsts." It has been credited with dozens like these:

A workable machine gun
A steel ship
A successful submarine
A "snorkel" breathing device
A wide-ranging corps of press correspondents in battle areas
American conscription
American bread lines
American President assassinated
Aerial reconnaissance
Antiaircraft fire
Army ambulance corps
Blackouts and camouflage under aerial observation
Cigarette tax
Commissioned American Army chaplains
Department of justice (Confederate)
Electrically exploded bombs and torpedoes
Fixed ammunition
Field trenches on a grand scale
Flame throwers
Hospital ships
Ironclad navies
Land-mine fields
Legal voting for servicemen
Long-range rifles for general use
Medal of Honor
Military telegraph
Military railroads
Naval torpedoes
Negro U.S. Army Officer (Major M.R. Delany)
Organized medical and nursing corps
Photography of battle
Railroad artillery
Repeating rifles
Revolving gun turrets
The bugle call, "Taps"
The Income tax
The wigwag signal code in battle
The periscope, for trench warfare
Telescopic sights for rifles
Tobacco tax
U.S. Navy Admiral
U.S. Secret Service
Withholding tax
Wire entanglements
Wide-scale use of anesthetics for wounded

Source: "The Civil War, Strange and Fascinating Facts" by Burke Davis

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 Post subject: Re: CIVIL WAR FIRSTS
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:38 am 
So which of these is everyone's LEAST favorite? I'm thinking Income Tax will win hands down!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:47 am 
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Sir,

An intersting list , and food for thought. However, I beleive that HMS Warrior (launched 1860) came into service before the US and CSA ironclads. As a Brit, I couldn't let that one go! Perhaps the list was referring to the first [i]combat[i] between ironclads. I also hear that some other people across the English Channel may have got in there first and managed to launch one before all of us... but let's not go there. :oops:

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Sorry James, but France launched "La Gloire" in 1859 but Britain had decided to go all armour by 1861.

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