Question of the Week: 8/3-8/9/20

This feels like a season of innovation, especially at ECW as we’re getting ready for a Virtual Symposium this year.

What’s your favorite innovation from the Civil War?

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12 Responses to Question of the Week: 8/3-8/9/20

  1. Dr. Jon Willen says:

    The system of evacuation of wounded from the battlefield devised by Jonathan Letterman

  2. John Pryor says:

    The use of the railroad to move men and supplies rapidly in a way with strategic implications..

  3. Chris Kolakowski says:

    Warfare between ironclad ships

  4. patyoungcarecen2019 says:

    Creation of the Freedmen’s Bureau.

  5. Ed Cunningham says:

    The use of Corps badges to reflect the differing corps of the Union Army.

  6. Robert Denney says:

    CSS Hunley;First submarine to sink an enemy warship.

  7. Mike Singleton says:

    Use of the telegraph as a means of strategic, operational, and tactical communication. Civil War was one of the first (if not THE first) conflicts to use the telegraph for military purposes. The United States Military Telegraph Corps supposedly facilitated upwards of 6.5 million messages throughout the war. Easy to see how that volume of communication contributed to the war’s conduct and outcome.

  8. Douglas Pauly says:

    Aerial ‘reconnaissance’ via balloons, which of course would expand upon the development of aircraft in the 20th Century.

  9. nygiant1952 says:

    The expertise on the treatment of battlefield wounds. That, along with the field of anesthesiology, were the contributions of United States, to world Medicine.

  10. Meg Groeling says:

    All of the above, since everything I thought about someone else got first. Good work, all.

  11. Mike Maxwell says:

    Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office. Upon discovering there was no ONE point of contact to determine the location or fate of missing soldiers, Clara Barton set out to create it. Through the operation of that office, she determined the fate of over 20,000 missing soldiers, helping to bring closure (and eligibility for pension) to their families. Clara Barton’s work became the foundation for the American Red Cross.

  12. Douglas Pauly says:

    Medical procedures have been mentioned on here. I would add to that the leaps made forward in reconstructive surgery. Below is a link about such practices..

    https://www.civilwarmed.org/facial-reconstruction/

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