The impact of artillery and heavy firearms. Included: types of artillery and tactics; the invention of machine guns; the use of naval cannons. Also: the battles of First Manassas and Stone River. Charles Martin Smith hosts.
Small-arms production in the North and South and the quality of soldiers' weapons. Also examined: war profiteers and fraud; the influx of foreign rifles and carbines; cavalry firearms. Charles Martin Smith is the host.
The evolution of rifles, pistols and muskets by designers Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson, Oscar Winchester, and Samuel Colt is examined. Included: the invention of the revolver; innovations in ammunition; the impact of repeating rifles and carbines. Also: the Missouri-Kansas border war. Charles Martin Smith hosts.