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"This masterful work on Civil War field artillery was written by a team of authors--a physician, a skilled mechanic, and a professional engineer, each a longtime student of the war. The book is at once informative, entertaining, and useful."
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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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,380 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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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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This comprehensive volume concerns the design and construction of Civil War field artillery pieces, including specifications and identification of surviving pieces. Although the capabilities of the weapons are discussed, this book is about the artillery pieces themselves more than about the actual experience of their use in the field. In that sense -- and I don't mean this as a slur -- this in some ways has more in common about a book on coin collecting than with a history of the Civil War as such. If you are into cannon, especially Civil War era pieces, this is a must-have book, and not just for the minutiae -- one gets a very good grasp of how artillery pieces evolved, and even gun carriages are dealt with toward the end. As long as you understand it's about the equipment and not the war, you should find this of great interest.
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