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  1. Sometimes it's nice to know, "How did they do that during the Civil War?" How did they mass produce the thousands upon thousands of uniforms needed? What was the method used for preserving meat? When did the battery become available (so useful for remote torpedo detonation and telegraph operation)? Scientific American, first published in 1845, rose to the challenge presented by the American Civil War, and quickly adjusted to advocate "home remedies" for food storage; explaining the operation (and importance) of steam engines; revealing new uses for old devices... such as the battery, which had been around for centuries (used for electroplating silver onto base metal), but was now required for other operations. Of course, the weekly magazine, usually 16 pages in length continued operating as a forum for brand-new ideas; and promoted patents for those new ideas. But, by early 1862 it also began including "news reports, and items of interest relating to conduct of the War," biographies of important leaders; and outcome of important battles. New inventions with war-specific use gained prominence (such as rifled cannon; iron-clad ships; industrial-grade sewing machines; screw propellers.) Battle of Shiloh. Mostly referred to as Battle of Pittsburg Landing, there are one-column articles in Volume 6 on page 242 {April 19th 1862) first report; page 258 (April 26) "explaining the importance of Buell and Navy gunboats" and page 274 (3 May)"Following onto our previous report, we believe there was, "lack of due vigilance" and "lack of care" demonstrated by the leadership at Pittsburg Landing... In fact, the management of our forces during the initial hours could not have been worse." [Underline is mine -- Ozzy.] The HathiTrust reference site makes use of "Search Box" at top of each page, allowing for search of any specific word desired (within each Volume.) "Shiloh" and "Pittsburg" recovered the above results within Volume 6. Reference link below. Ozzy Scientific American: http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000505081 [for access to every Volume] http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924080787702;view=1up;seq=246 Volume 6 of Scientific American
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