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 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2012 04:22 pm
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  I'm not a small arms expert, but it seems clear to me that the Prussian needle gun was much better than the muzzle loaders used by both sides in the American Civil War. There were still problems with it, but the rate of fire was much higher, and the soldier could stay somewhat concealed, not having to expose much of his body to reload.

Needle Gun - Prussian Needle-Gun Austro-Prussian War

  I believe that you are correct about the author of the: "Two armed mobs" quote. That has been attributed to Helmuth Carl Bernard Graf von Moltke (AKA: "Moltke the Elder"). Various sources mention it, including the two below.

  Here is a book review that might interest some:

Amazon.com: Civil War Command And Strategy: The Process Of Victory And Defeat

  I have not read this book, and so I can't evaluate it as being among the good, the bad, or the ugly.

  Here is a recent article that might interest some:

America: crossing the line | Energy Bulletin

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