American Civil War Artillery 1861-65 (1): Field Artillery by Philip Katcher

By Philip Katcher

Possibly the main influential arm of both military within the prosecution of the yank Civil conflict, the artillery of each side grew to become hugely expert enterprises, centralizing their artillery, organizing artillery battalions from person batteries and giving their commanders better ranks than box artillerymen had formerly held. In conflict, the creation of the 12-pdr. Napoleon , heavily through rifled cannon, supplied a spread and gear formerly unknown on American soil. This e-book information this important cog within the war-machine of either sides.

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The fortyeighth, recruited in the anthracite district of Pennsylvania, was full of coal miners. Colonel Henry Pleasants, the regimental commander, overheard the soldier’s comment. Pleasants himself was a mining engineer in civilian life. He asked the army engineers about mining the fort. Mining enemy fortifications is an ancient tactic, one that was practiced long before explosives were discovered. The preexplosive method was to tunnel under a fort’s walls, propping them up with timber as you dug.

C. Adrianople was a decisive battle for two reasons. First, it resulted in the Goths staying in the Roman Empire, living under their own kings and armed with their own weapons—wandering armies completely independent of the emperor—a situation that eventually led to the Visigoths sacking Rome itself. Second, it introduced the stirrup to central and western Europe. The stirrup made possible the heavily armed cavalry lancers—the knights and men-at-arms who were to be the decisive element in most European wars for the next thousand years.

In 660, Callinicus, seeing the apparently unstoppable Muslim blitzkrieg, brought his invention to Constantinople in the hopes that it could save Christianity. ” Writing some four centuries after the battle, Anna Comnena, the brilliant teenaged daughter of the eastern Roman Emperor Alexius, said, “On the head of each ship he had fixed a lion or other land animal made of brass or iron with the mouth open and gilded over, so that the mere aspect was terrifying. ” Anna’s Alexiad, a history of the career of her father, is one of our best sources for the weapons available to the east Romans and their enemies.

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