- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Savas Beatie; First Edition edition (September 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932714146
- ISBN-13: 978-1932714142
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SILENT SENTINELS: A Reference Guide to the Artillery at Gettysburg Hardcover – September, 2005
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It is first and foremost a great introduction to the field artillery of the Civil War. It contains an excellent, concise guide to how the big guns were operated and used. You can find everything in that short chapter from the location of the lunette to the invention of the three-inch ordinance rifle.
Next, the author tells how the artillery arm was organized in both the federal armies and the Confederacy. This is not an organization table. Rather he starts with the manpower requirements of an individual battery, then he goes on to the organization of the artillery arms of the Armies of the Potomac and of Northern Virginia. Before giving us a tour of Gettysburg today, the author gives us a lesson on loading and firing these old muzzle loaders, complete with tables showing ranges of fire for the principal types of guns used in July 1863.
Where Mr. Newton does us the greatest favor is in Chapter 6, where he gives an excellent guide for a driving tour of the artillery still on display on the Gettysburg Battlefield. (Many of the guns shipped there were, according to the author, melted down to make many of the bronze equestrian statues visitors have admired for decades). He adds to his narrative numerous useful appendices that detail with which larger units each battery was assigned, which states provided which batteries, and setting out the official reports of the principal artillery commanders involved at the battle. If you don't know how Civil War field artillery worked, and you want to, this would be the first book I would recommend.
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A very detailed guide to the artillery at Gettysburg, during the battle and later in the placement of monumentsPublished 11 months ago by Philip Donnelly
Silent Sentinels details the significance of artillery at the Battle of Gettysburg. This title is a reference guide, tour book and trivia book that will enhance all students... Read morePublished 13 months ago by David Marshall
While at Gettysburg I wondered about all the cannons, whose were they, how were they employed, how effective were they? Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by Pete K
I took a tour of the Gettysburg battlefied during November and Mr. Newton was the guide. His tour was so good you could see the men running across the fields and smell the smoke. Read morePublished on January 6, 2009 by Kathy Woodworth