Technology and the American Civil War

Event Details
  • Date/Time:
    • Saturday April 12, 2014
      12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Location: Student Center Theatre
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  • Fee(s):
    Free
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Contact

Mr. John Miller

canoe4ever@gmail.com

Summaries

Summary Sentence: This symposium on technology and the American Civil War comprises part of the Georgia Institute of Technology's contribution to the war’s sesquicentennial commemoration.

Full Summary: This symposium on technology and the American Civil War comprises part of the Georgia Institute of Technology's contribution to the war’s sesquicentennial commemoration. It will be jointly hosted by the School of History, Technology, and Society, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the Colonel Leslie Callahan Memorial Endowment, the College of Architecture, the Georgia Tech Library, the Georgia Battlefields Association, the Atlanta History Center, the National Civil War Naval Museum, and the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta.

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Technology as it was applied to the Civil War — in weapons, equipment, medicine, military operations, communications, and transport — will be the focus of the symposium. New or newly improved weapons affected the conduct of war at all levels. But that was only part of the story. Technological changes remote from the battlefield also shaped the conduct of war. Agricultural mechanization permitted larger armies to be fed; growing industries provided them not only with arms but with other supplies as well; steam-powered transport helped deploy and sustain them. In addition, new techniques of food preservation and medical care conditioned the outcome of the war. Finally photography, telegraphy, new signal devices, and aerial observation from fixed balloons improved communications, both military and civilian.

Nevertheless, this was a period of transition to the full-fledged industrialized warfare of World War I: horses still mattered more than steam engines in the nineteenth century and more soldiers still died from disease in the Civil War than from wounds sustained. This Symposium will take the measure of technological innovation's impact on warfare at a point when the Industrial Revolution had been underway for a century.

Agenda (for full details, visit related link below):

  • Session 1: Field Operations & Communications
  • Session 2: Medical Technologies & Treatments
  • Panel Discussion: Artifacts of the Industrial Revolution — Curating Civil War Technology
 

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Additional Information

In Campus Calendar
Yes
Groups

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP)

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
Categories
Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
Keywords
CITSP, School of HIstory Technology and Society, US Civil War
Status
  • Created By: Vince Pedicino
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Mar 27, 2014 - 6:21am
  • Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 - 5:22pm