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September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek was the bloodiest day of the Civil War, as both armies made heavy use of field artillery, the "long arm."
In Artillery Hell Curt Johnson and Richard C. Anderson, Jr., provide a detailed examination of the role of field artillery in the Battle of Antietam. Johnson sets the context with an overview of organizational problems on the eve of a great battle. Anderson's concise discussion of different types of artillery and their capabilities and ammunition is presented in accessible language.
The heart of Artillery Hell is Maj. Joseph Mills Hanson's unpublished 1940 report, "Employment of Artillery." It includes compilations of the batteries in the respective armies at Antietam, a review of the battle actions of the "individual batteries," and a "list of battery positions in a tentative order."
Johnson and Anderson build upon Hanson's reports with individual chapters on the Union and the Confederate artillery at Antietam. Utilizing previously untapped or unavailable sources, especially the Henry Jackson Hunt Papers at the Library of Congress, they answer questions that have long challenged historians and others interested in the battle.
Artillery Hell discusses virtually every aspect of field artillery used during the Civil War. Battlefield visitors can use it to identify and understand the different types of cannon and their capabilities, and historians will find in it the military perspective so many studies of the battle lack.
|List of Illustrations|
|1||Introduction: The Operational-Tactical Situation||3|
|2||Civil War Field Artillery||21|
|3||A Report on the Employment of the Artillery at the Battle of Antietam, Maryland||31|
|4||Union Artillery: Antietam, September 17, 1862||67|
|5||Confederate Artillery: Antietam, September 17, 1862||85|
|6||Union After-Action Reports||109|
|Rpt. of Capt. William M. Graham, Bty. K, 1st U.S. Arty., of the Battle of Antietam|
|Rpt. of Capt. John C. Tidball, Bty. A, 2nd U.S. Arty., of Operations, Sept. 14-20, 1862|
|Rpt. of Lt. Charles P. Muhlenberg, Bty. A, 5th U.S. Arty., of the Battle of Antietam|
|Rpt. of Capt. J. R. McMullin, 1st Bty., Ohio Light, of the Battle of Antietam|
|Rpt. of Capt. Emory Upton, Chief of Artillery, 1st Div. (Slocum's), VI Corps, of the Battle of Antietam|
|Rpt. of Lt. Edward B. Williston, Bty. D, 2nd U.S., of the Battle of Antietam|
|App. A. Strengths and Casualties of the Artillery Component, Army of the Potomac, Antietam, September 17, 1862||121|
|App. B. Strengths and Casualties of the Artillery Component, Army of Northern Virginia, Antietam, September 17, 1862||125|
|App. C. Ordnance Holdings of the Armies, Antietam, September 17, 1862||129|
Posted October 18, 2003
An excellent resource for anyone interested in learning about one of the most devastating days in American history and one of its chief factors. Anderson especially, demonstrates keen knowledge on the subject.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2009
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