Given the power of the Henry repeating rifle and the devastating rate of fire that it gave Union regiments that were equipped with it, I would agree with Meadow and say that a boxcar full of semi-automatic rifles with a few light machine guns such as a Bren or BAR1918 would be the best thing.
While four 75mm howitzers would be more effective then 4 20lb parrot rifles, they would not be so much more effective as to be a war-changing weapon.
Several regiments equipped with M1 Garands or SKS rifles - yeah, that would have changed things.
Tankettes? Not a chance, a tankette would still get smashed by union artillery, plus you have both fuel and ammunition to worry about.
Do 18.7 meter high pilotable mechs with 120mm machine guns and compact fusion reactors count? They aren't ships, planes, or tanks after all. ;)
I always thought that the fact on those shows that they actually built giant guns for the robot-thingys to use was a waste of time.
Holy crap! We can kill these guys, but we can't let any survivors know there's been any diddling with time. So either no mechs....or kill every living thing, even on "my" side.
Woudn't it be just as effective to simply go back in time and tell them to stop emulating the Napoleonic Wars? Maybe give them a nice book on the Great War... or even better, simply fill the car to the brim with books on the American Civil War itself! Information is key! The pen is mightier than the sword!
The thing is, you can't expect that the Union wouldn't get their hands on the new weaponry. Through prisoners, and slight victories, and intelligence, they too would be quickly able to get their hands on the wonder weapons, and to be able to reverse engineer any semi-auto type rifles. They had all the ability to make such weaponry, they just didn't have the technological know how until someone came along and pointed it out. So while the Union would have been losing at first, they would have rapidly been able to catch up. Remember, during the Civil War, the union was the first side to bring out machine guns and lever action repeaters (in limited numbers). The south meanwhile would have lacked the industrial capability to keep the weapons up, so would need a constant supply of guns that would be incredibly fragile by the simply standards of the rifled musket.
jumjum;4904382Ooooh! Ooooh! Hand grenades!
Both sides had them, and the union used them en masse at Petersburg :P
A small supply of Alibekov Anthrax, an ultralight and pilot to distribute it, a book detailing its antidotes only copied and given to specific doctors, then the rest of the space packed with trained snipers and their AW L96s, with ammo and information on how to make cartridges for the rifles.
I have to say that semi auto rifles (preferably early all wooden ones) would be good to take along with plenty of ammo.
Also, I'd pack a couple of those Russian disposable fuel-air rocket launchers that can level houses for use on large formations out in the open.
Von Mudra;4904510...Both sides had them, and the union used them en masse at Petersburg :P
You know what I mean.
I like to pretend that I don't.