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SILENT SENTINELS: A Reference Guide to the Artillery at Gettysburg Hardcover – September, 2005

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Product Details

  • 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: #1,850,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Grisham on September 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Terrific book. Concise, easy to read, yet full of information. Really fills a gap in the previously published information on artillery. Great detail on how a cannon works, what the job of each artillerist is, the monumentation on the battlefield, order of battle, make up of artillery battries, trivia, official reports... just tons of information.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Bognet on April 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate to meet the author by accident at Pickett's Charge, Gettysburg, and I purchased my autographed book for emotional reasons. I was glad to have given in to them. The book is a gem on many accounts. For the Civil War enthusiast, who doesn't need the background, the non artillery information is placed in appendices in the back. The artillery information is concisely placed in seven chapters, and it is quite easy and interesting to read. It would make an excellent handbook for any teacher of the Civil War, who would love a hands-on approach to how the battles were fought and won/lost; and of course, a must-read for any Gettysburg enthusiast of whom I am one. An absolute delightful read. Colleen Bognet - Foreign Language Teacher/History Day Advisor - Hazleton Area School District
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jerry McGuire on January 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book offers the reader a comprehensive look at the artillery used in the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, complete with numerous photos and illustrations, as well as informative diagrams and guides. Every Gettysburg enthusiast (no matter how serious) will find this detailed book to be enlightening and useful as both a recommended read and a reference guide. And not only does it contain a comprehensive detailed look at every type of gun used in the battle, it also provides a driving tour of the battlefield itself.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Silent Sentinels: A Reference Guide to the Artillery at Gettysburg is a historical guide to artillery used in the July 1863 battle of Gettysburg. Though hundreds of books have been published on the battle, only a handful have devoted more than a few paragraphs to the role of the "long arm" artillery. Silent Sentinels opens with an overview of the Gettysburg campaign, then narrows its focus to the role of field artillery, its organization, loading and firing, walks the reader through a tour of Gettysburg National Military Park, and even offers a chapter full of Gettysburg Artillery Trivia. Appendices include a list of artillery battles arranged by state and biographical sketches and official reports about union and confederate officers who served at Gettysburg. Black-and- white diagrams revealing the workings of artillery as well as assorted tables round out this excellent, thoroughly researched and focused reference.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George C. Bradley on November 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a reference work. Its title indicates it is aimed at students of the battle of Gettysburg. If you skip the first twenty-five pages, "an overview of the Gettysburg Campaign," this book is so much more than it is billed.

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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