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The Civil War

Freedom and 49 other ways it changed American life

Military advances

In what's considered the first modern war, both sides developed equipment and tactics that would be refined in later conflicts:

32. Minié ball bullets, cartridge ammunition

33. Repeating rifles

34. First machine guns

35. Submarines

36. Hot-air balloons

37. Soldier ID tags

38. Land mines

39. Ironclad ships

40. Trench warfare

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