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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Revised edition (July 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252072103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252072109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Every detail of Civil War field artillery is covered in this definitive book on the subject, more than most people will ever want to know. Full profile photos of nearly every type of fieldpiece, both Union and Confederate, facilitate identification of any survivor. In addition to the scholarly text containing more facts on the subject than ever assembled in one source, the appendices list the known surviving Civil War fieldpieces at the time of publication.
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If you were to acquire only one reference for Field Artillery, this should be your choice. Everything you could hope for, one chapter on every field piece, used by both Union and Conderacy, plus imports and experimentals. Even a chapter on limbers, carriages, etc.
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This volume does cover in a very comprehensive way the artillery used during the American Civil War, as well as of those field pieces surviving on fields of battle up until this day. This is a book you HAVE to own if you are an ACW-artillery nut! It is well worth the price, and since it is in hard-back you won't have any problems with consulting it over and over again.
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"Field Artillery Weapons of the Civil War" is the definitive reference work for civil war cannon used in the field. Nothing else approaches its structured grouping and organization of the diverse and confused world of American Civil War field guns. However, this is not a book for everyone since it is quite focused on the specifications, manufacturing origins and methods of the tubes themselves, not on the tactical employment, range charts, the batteries, or the projectiles they fired. (Understandably, many readers will be shocked if they don't realize this before purchase--including me!)

It is hard to over emphasize what a fine job the authors have done in bringing order out of chaos. Their encyclopedic inclusion and explanation of all known types solves many riddles. The complexity and nuances will still require considerable study by the reader to reach a full understanding, but at last it is logically and rigorously catalogued.

The chapter list is as follows: 1. Fundamentals. 2. Federal 6-pounder Guns and 3.67" Rifles. 3. Confederate 6-pounder Guns and 3-inch Rifles. 4. Federal 12-pounder Field Howitzers. 5. Confederate 12-pounder Field Howitzers. 6. Federal Napoleon Guns. 7. Confederate Napoleon Guns. 8. Parrott Rifles. 9. 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. 10. False Napoleons and Gettysburg Replicas. 11. The Small Ones. 12. Boat Howitzers. 13. James Smoothbores and Rifles. 14. The Rare Ones. 15. Too Big for the Field. 16. British Rifled Cannon. 17. Carriages. 18. Conclusions.

The chapters are well illustrated with photographs and schematics of the gun tubes. There are also detailed dimensional specification tables, and some estimated production counts of various types.
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A comprehensive source of information on the field guns used by both sides of the american civil war. Provides each weapon's history and statistics. Extremely informative.

No civil war library should be without it.

An excellent companion to other book The Big Guns by Omstead and Wayne E. Stark and Spencer C. Tucker which covers the big guns of the conflict.
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Too many times artillery of any period is a neglected subject. This volume, however, fills a definite void and is another 'arrow in the quiver' that contributes to the overall knowledge of the artillery of both sides during the War of the Rebellion.

This volume is a definitive study of the artillery of the period, but it is not the definitive study. In order to understand artillery what should be studied also are the artillery manuals of the period, especially that by John Gibbon who was a battery commander during the war and became famous as the commander of the Iron Brigade in the Army of the Potomac. Gibbon is remembered as an excellent brigade and division infantry commander, but he began the war as an artilleryman, commanding the famous Battery B, 4th US Artillery.

Back to the subject at hand. This volume by James Hazlett covers virtually every piece of artillery used during the Civil War as well as ammunition and how the guns were constructed, both bronze and iron. It is highly readable and is packed with useful information on the artillery arm and is both a reference work and an easy book to read. It belongs on the shelf of every student and historian of the Civil War and should be used in conjunction with the artillery manuals of the period and such excellent artillery works as The Guns at Gettyburg by Fairfax Downey which tells of the great battle 'from the point of view of the artilleryman.'
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Must rate this volume as the standard reference on the topic. This current edition supplants Ripley's "Artillery and Ammunition of the Civil War." I actually own copies of the original and revised editions. There are a few notable updates, making the second purchase worth the expenditure. While I have found some minor omissions in the listings (particularly discussing some of the poorly documented Confederate gun makers), the authors seem to leave few stones unturned.
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