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Field Artillery Weapons of the Civil War, revised edition Paperback – July 28, 2004
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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.Read more ›
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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Amazing technical data of the pieces. Would have been nice to have illustrations and more about the men who made up a battery.Published 6 days ago by W. Wadford
Although the first addition is more than 30 years old it is still the best source for CW Field Artillery and a must have for anyone wishing to learn more about this field.Published 2 months ago by Me
As a tech reference for civil war artillery it is the gold standard. The book was delivered with several torn pages and one missing. Not worth it.Published 4 months ago by elk11060
This is a very good book, but it is NOT a casual read. But if you want serious book with diagrams and loads of detailed information on each gun both common and rare, along with... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dan Hopkins
Very good detail for the true Civil War artillery enthusiast and re-enactor.Published 21 months ago by Sgt. Jimbob
Highly detailed, well-researched, accurately and fully sourced, readable.Published 21 months ago by Steve Shaffer