The August 2011 issue of Civil War Times went out last week to subscribers, and is appearing on the newsstands. This issue is a bit special for me, and I get to toot my own horn some (not that bloggers get enough of that anyway!). I have both an article and a letter to the editor posted in the issue.
In the Mail Call section I did a follow up to David Schneider’s “Lee’s Armored Car” article in the February issue. The photographs accompanying the article allow for detailed analysis of the cannon in question.
My main contribution to the issue is an article titled “Yankee Super Gun” about the 4.5-inch Siege Rifles used during the Civil War. Aside from introducing some of the technical details of the weapon, the piece emphasizes the role two batteries of Connecticut artillery played while using those guns in support of the Army of the Potomac.
The lead in question asks if the guns, which were left behind on the march to Gettysburg, might have made a difference in the battle. While I’m inclined to say “yes” there are simply too many “if statements” for anyone to make conclusions. The big 4.5’s may have caused great disruptions among the Confederate batteries, but the space needed to form those two Connecticut batteries would have supplanted other Federal guns that were there. So I’ll leave it to the reader to decide what might have been.
Dana Shoaf, Chris Howland, and Sarah Mock, along with the others on the staff of Civil War Times, are a pleasure to work with. I thank them for the chance to write and look forward to similar future opportunities.