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 Posted: Sat Mar 22nd, 2008 01:50 am
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Both admirals and generals in the Civil War faced many new advances in weapons. Not only did leaders who sought out new technology have battelfield or maritime advantages, those who sought ways to counteract new technology could neutralize the latest weapons and techniques...if they could. 

Generals and admirals who resisted  new technology risked both battlefield and manpower losses. Yet, some generals clung to Napoleonic tactics even when more effective artillery and longer range, more accurate weapons, and deadlier munitions made Napoleonic tactics obsolete. Such generals still had the idea that old ways were manlier, more gentlemanly. For example, they felt digging in with entrenchments was somehow cowardly.

As late as November, 1864 John Bell Hood  insisted on a deadly frontal attack against heavily fortified Union entrenchments at Franklin resulting in nothing less than a slaughter that included six of his generals.

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