Union Civil War Weapons
Union Civil War weapons were a major reason why the North took advantage of the South. While the South relied more on long range rifles, the Northern soldiers of the Union were keen on using many smaller pistols and knives.
Due to the proximity in battle and the ability to reload quicker then muskets and rifles, the smaller Civil War pistols became the turning point of the war. Many soldiers were able to use these pistols in close proximity (20-40 yards) of their target and reload or switch to a blade in little time. This advantage made hand to hand combat with Civil War knives and close range weapons more advantageous for Union soldiers as they were able to move and dodge the long range weapons easier.