6 thoughts on “Drones and the Civil War

  1. SF Walker July 10, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    This article struck me as rather silly. Why stop at radios, tanks and drones? What if McDowell had used tactical nukes at First Bull Run against the Confederates, who’d not yet figured out how to enrich uranium?

    • Al Mackey July 10, 2013 / 5:09 pm

      McDowell had no delivery device to use the nukes. 😉

      • SF Walker July 11, 2013 / 6:50 am

        That’s a good point! Nukes aren’t very useful without a rocket booster. I wouldn’t advise trying to use the Balloon Corps to deliver them, either 🙂

  2. Donald R. Shaffer July 10, 2013 / 3:52 pm

    This is Harry Turtledove territory (i.e., Robert E. Lee obtains AK-47s from time traveling South African racists). It also reminds me of the SNL skits that considered how history might have been different if Spartacus had a Piper Cub or Superman was for Germany in World War II. I’m surprised PC answered this publication’s silly questions as if they were really serious.

  3. rcocean July 10, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    It was silly except for the one commentator who tried to reinforce the idea CW commanders had to operate with almost no information – in the 21st century sense. No cell phones, radios, satellites, drones, etc. All Lee knew is what he could actually see and what people told him. Did he even have an accurate map of Gettysburg? I doubt it. He not only didn’t have an accurate idea of how many Union troops there were, he didn’t even know sometimes where his own units were or how many men they had lost.

    • SF Walker July 11, 2013 / 5:24 am

      You’re right about that commentator–the Civil War general faced the “fog of war” for sure. It wasn’t like playing a computer strategy game, where you know exactly where your forces and the enemy’s are as well as their strengths. And inaccurate maps were a big problem for many commanders–like McClellan’s subordinates on the Peninsula and Hancock near Petersburg.

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