Last week I dropped a poll out here asking what blog post topics most interested readers. I’ll keep the poll running for a bit more so if you want to check your preferences (or add your opinion) feel free.
Still a “pick four” option, and feel free to offer your own suggestions for subject areas. Right now the trend is towards more examinations of the field artillery pieces and discussions of the tactics used.
Just to make sure we all are on the same page, I consider field artillery the guns which were used during operational maneuvers by the field armies (distinct from some guns that only appeared in the siege trains of those same armies). While I’ve written quite a bit on the field howitzers used in the war and the various Napoleons, I’ve held off major discussions of the field guns. Likewise on the rifled pieces, lots of stuff on the Parrotts, I’ve not covered the other types (particularly the Confederate rifles) in much detail. In both counts, mostly because I figured the average reader is well acquainted with those types. But.. if the order is for more, then I feel obliged to offer more!
Regarding artillery tactics, I’ve often found people tend to cast a wide net there. At the individual gun level, there is “drill,” which as a purist, I don’t consider really “tactics” but rather the procedures for operating the gun. The manner in which a gun was loaded differed little if it were employed on the front slope of the ridge or the back. The employment of the battery – not only where it was positioned, but the type of projectiles chosen by the commander, desired effects, integration with other arms, etc. – are the “tactics.” Of course there is also the operational matters of organization and command of the artillery which often overlap into the discussion of tactics. At any rate, ALL are good topics for discussion which I plan to present for review.
In the short term, I do have some subject threads I plan to tie up. Mostly topics I started in relation to the 150th anniversary of events at Fort Sumter – several “in the works” posts on seacoast guns and columbiads, and a “gunner’s” perspective of the bombardment of the fort. After that, figure on a drift towards the field guns, tactics, battle vignettes, and battery histories.
And in the mean time, I again encourage those out there with an interest in Civil War topics, not just artillery, to take the plunge into blogging. You never know until you try it!