The American Civil War was one of the first major wars in the industrial era. Over the period of five years (1861 to 1865) in which the war was fought, the Union and Confederate armies used an extensive variety of weapons against each other, ranging from swords to cannons. Many new weapons and technologies emerged during the course of the war, and some of them played a significant role in deciding the war’s final outcome. Here are the different types of weapons that were used by the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War:Here are links to more information about Civil War weapons:Copyright 1996-2011