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To the Sound of the Guns · 2d ago

6-pdrs from Liège – A walk-around

Earlier I introduced this fine bronze cannon and it’s peculiar origin: This cannon represents the 8th Indiana Battery at Chickamauga.  Let’s do a formal walk around this Belgian cannon, noti...
To the Sound of the Guns · 5d ago

Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – New York Independent Batteries, Part 1

In addition to batteries within the regimental formations, the state of New York provided thirty-six independent batteries during the course of the Civil War.  That number is somewhat mislea...
To the Sound of the Guns · 1W ago

Command and Control going into the West Woods, September 17, 1862

We often mention "command and control" in regard to a general's performance on the battlefield. What, exactly, did those look like ON the battlefield? Here's a look at Sedgwick's attack in...
To the Sound of the Guns · 1W ago

Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – 3rd New York Cavalry, Allis’s… NOT Allee’s… Howitzers!

Sometimes, even Frederick H. Dyer stands need of correction. Or at least a small adjustment. What he called Allee's Battery in the Compendium probably should be Allis's.
To the Sound of the Guns · 1W ago

Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – 3rd New York Artillery Regiment

When we examined the 1st New York Light Artillery last week ago, it’s service at the mid-point of the Civil War was mainly within Virginia.  Or shall we say the Eastern Theater proper?  In c...
To the Sound of the Guns · 2W ago

A trip to Europe, looking at foundries: The 1840 Ordnance Commission

Last week’s post about foreign 6-pdr field guns was a “resource” post, if not an outright setup posting.  Sort of a background discussion leading me up to some points about European cannons ...
To the Sound of the Guns · 2W ago

Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – 2nd New York Artillery Regiment

Sandwiched between the summaries for the 1st and 3rd New York Artillery Regiment is this lonely line: That line: Battery L: At Haine’s (Hayne’s Bluff, Mississippi with four 3-inch Ordnance R...
To the Sound of the Guns · 2W ago

Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – 1st New York Light Artillery Regiment

Moving in order through the second quarter summaries, New York is the next state to consider.  And Colonel Charles S. Wainwright’s 1st New York Light Artillery Regiment is the first of those...
To the Sound of the Guns · 3W ago

Comparison: US and Foreign 6-pdr Guns

Those of us with Cold War experience may fondly recall the old ASCC reporting names for aircraft and missiles.  For those who were not gifted with such experiences, in short the NATO countri...
To the Sound of the Guns · 3W ago

Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – Batteries of New Hampshire and New Jersey

For this installment of the summary reports, we will look at the contributions of two states – New Hampshire and New Jersey.   Between the two, by June 1863 were only three batteries of ligh...