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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2022 8:41 p.m. PST

… on the Battlefield

"The American Civil War saw the creation of the largest, most potent artillery force ever deployed in a conflict fought in the Western Hemisphere. It was as sizable and powerful as any raised in prior European wars. Moreover, Union and Confederate artillery included the largest number of rifled pieces fielded in any conflagration in the world up to that point. Earl J. Hess's Civil War Field Artillery is the first comprehensive general history of the artillery arm that supported infantry and cavalry in the conflict. Based on deep and expansive research, it serves as an exhaustive examination with abundant new interpretations that reenvision the Civil War's military…."


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Brechtel19829 Dec 2022 6:41 a.m. PST

This is from the Preface to the book, and it is right on the money:

'Despite the size and significance of field artillery in the Civil War, sound studies of the topic are relatively few in number, especially when compared with the history of infantry and cavalry forces in the war…'

This is absolutely correct and it is a shame. Perhaps it is because it is a technical as well as a combat branch and at times the technical side is misinterpreted. I've seen that happen a few times on the forums in the past.

I'm definitely ordering this volume even though it is a little expensive.

An older, and still relevant volume is The Guns at Gettysburg by Fairfax Downey, who was an artilleryman…

Well done, again, Armand.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2022 11:38 a.m. PST

I read this book as soon as it was released. It is well-researched, annotated, and surprisingly easy to read. If you are interested in ACW artillery, it is a must-have.

Highly recommended.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2022 3:11 p.m. PST



Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2022 8:42 p.m. PST

Just ordered a copy. The extended sample provided by Amazon shows it to be well written and illustrated.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2022 3:06 p.m. PST

Happy for you…


Brechtel19801 Jan 2023 5:55 a.m. PST

The book arrived in the mail yesterday. It is very good and useful, though there are some dubious and unreliable sources used, such as Nosworthy.

And the section on European artillery antecedents should be used with care.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2023 3:30 p.m. PST

Thanks Kevin!


Ivan The Not So Terrible02 Mar 2023 5:42 p.m. PST

Ordered a copy here in the UK. Quite expensive, but hopefully an interesting read, as I found with other books by the author.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2023 4:05 p.m. PST



Brechtel19805 Mar 2023 8:50 a.m. PST

Does anyone have, or has read, The Guns at Gettysburg by Fairfax Downey?

I read it in the 1960s and still find it very useful. It was my introduction to Civil War artillery…

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