Artillery Hell: The Employment of Artillery at Antietam / Edition 1

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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 Joseph Mills Hanson's unpublished 1940 report, "Employment of Artillery."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.

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Five essays detail the artillery used by both Union and Confederate forces in the Battle of Antietam, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in September 1862. The core essay was written in 1940 for the National Park Service but first published here. Together they discuss the types and capabilities of the artillery pieces, the problems faced by the commanders, and what can be conjectured about their placement and engagement. Also includes six reports by Union officers just after the battle. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

CURT JOHNSON and RICHARD C. ANDERSON, JR., are historians and historical consultants in the Washington, D.C., area.
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Table of Contents

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
References 131
Index 137
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  • Anonymous

    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.

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