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Weapons and Tactics

  • The combination of the improvement of weapons and no changes in battlefield strategies to accommodate the  change was the main reason for the extreme high death rates in battle. But, many more soldiers died from disease and exposure.
    • Rifled musket was the standard weapon. It had a spiral grove which put a spin on the bullet increasing its accuracy and distance to 400 yards. It was also faster to load.
    • Artillery range improved
    • Mass troops still charged into the direct line of fire - no change in military tactics to adjust to weapon improvements.