Tag Archives: artillery

The “Dutch” Artillery Sergeant Declares He Is NOT Retreating

The 123rd New York Infantry, part of the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division of the XII Corps of the Army of the Potomac, built substantial earthworks on Culp’s Hill on July 2, 1863. However, as the Confederate attacks on … Continue reading

Posted in Artillery, Battles, Immigrants | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

The Confederate Reunion Grounds in Mexia, Texas

On a recent drive from Dallas to College Station, Texas (better known in these parts as ‘Aggieland’) I happened to pass a sign that caught my attention. It was for a Texas State Historic Site in the small town of … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Saving History Saturday: Artillery Shell Discovered at Kennesaw Mountain

While metal detecting is not permitted in National Parks, sometimes professional archaeologists are summoned to do investigative work and surveys for public safety. That’s what led to the discovery of an unexploded Civil War bomb within the boundaries of Kennesaw … Continue reading

Posted in Preservation | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Henry Hunt Reflects on the Battle of Chancellorsville

Chancellorsville was a black eye for the Army of the Potomac. But while it no doubt marked the beginning of the end of Joseph Hooker’s stint as army commander, it did not sour the desire for victory among the army’s … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Artillery, Battles, Common Soldier, Leadership--Federal, Primary Sources | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Spirits of Bad Men Now Available

We spend a lot time around here talking about our work on the Emerging Civil War Series published by Savas Beatie—of which we are immensely proud—but we do have a second book series, too: the “Engaging the Civil War” Series, published … Continue reading

Posted in Artillery, Books & Authors, Engaging the Civil War Series | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

“The Batteries On Each Side Ceased Firing”: Civilians In Antietam’s Cross Fire

While the Confederate and Union artillery guns dueled during the morning hours of September 17, 1862, their shells flew over the farm land and homes of local civilians. Long before the Sharpsburg area became a battlefield, it was quiet community … Continue reading

Posted in Artillery, Battles, Civilian | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

“The Hand of a Master”: Confederate Artillery on the Left Flank at Antietam

By sunrise on September 17, 1862, the Confederate guns waited on the left flank. Ordered to guard “Stonewall” Jackson’s flank and use the high ground advantage to blast Union attackers, the assembled cannons and crews prepared for battle. General J. … Continue reading

Posted in Artillery, Battles | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Notes on Artillery Organization

I’ve started reading John C. Tidball’s The Artillery Service in the War of the Rebellion which is a published collection of essays this Union officer wrote in the post-war era. Tidball offers a good perspective since he was there, on … Continue reading

Posted in Artillery | Tagged | 5 Comments

“Old Rock” Benning’s Georgia Brigade at Gettysburg and Those Three Northern Guns Captured on July 2

Forty years ago, as a doctoral graduate student at Emory University, I received invitation to write about several Confederate generals for The Dictionary of Georgia Biography (2 vols., Athens, 1983). One of those whom I chose was Henry Lewis Benning, … Continue reading

Posted in Battles, Leadership--Confederate | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Lieutenant Justin E. Dimick: “Accomplished Artillery Officer, Truest Soldier”

“At 5 o’clock in the morning, the enemy attacked us in force, and, after a very severe fight by our men, the Federal line began to fall back. From the first moment I learned the position of the enemy, I … Continue reading

Posted in Artillery, Battles, Common Soldier | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments