The fall issue of The Artilleryman Magazine arrived last Friday. If you are not a subscriber already, I highly recommend this periodical. Especially in the new, reworked format.
Articles in this issue include:
- Schenkl Combination Fuse, by John D. Bartleson,Jr., CW04 (Ret.), USN – Detailed technical examination, backed up with lavish illustrations, on this type of fuse. Added much to my understanding of Schenkl fuses.
- Sherman’s Blunder Led to McPherson’s Death, by Stephen Davis, Ph.D. – General James McPherson’s death occurred at a critical juncture of the Atlanta Campaign (I would argue a more critical point than John Reynold’s death). This article explores the tactical details… and interprets the wartime site photos.
- Lady Artillerists, by Gary Brown – A look at some of the legends and lore behind female artilerists, drawing from American and European history… and pointing to the branch’s future as the military opens combat roles to female soldiers.
- 25th Loomis’ Battery Long Range Artillery Match, by Don Lutz and Ericka Hoffman – Report from the July 30-31 authentic artillery competition. Participants fired 584 rounds, in this 25th year of the match. It is held on the Grayling Michigan National Guard Range Complex.
- U.S. 30-Pounder Parrott Sight, by Thomas Bailey – Photos and essay discussing the arrangement and use of this type of sight, which we often see in wartime photos.
- All Did Their Duty: Artillery at the Battle of Trenton, by Joshua Shepherd. “Trenton constituted the first great triumph for America’s field artillery….” Need we say more?
- Is your Cannonball Explosive?, by John Biemeck, Colonel (Ret.) – An authoritative approach to handling Civil War era ordnance. Very important read… and many lessons to take to heart. Though I fear some will just read “it is OK to handle the projectiles” without fully reading the recommended practices.
- Pair of French Naval Guns Captured by the British, by John Morris – Examination of two French short 6-pdrs (Model of 1786), from Fort Ticonderoga.
Also included is a news update from the US Army Artillery Museum. The Artillery Bookshelf has a review of American Breechloading Mobile Artillery, 1875-1953. And letters to the editor include a submission from myself, discussing a claim based on an Ordnance Return (I may provide more details down the road in a blog post).
I mentioned new format in the opening above. That is about to become “newer” and extending to 64 pages in the Spring 2017 issue. Jack Melton, who took over the magazine in 2015, has certainly taken the periodical to a higher level. Illustrations jump off the page! And as you see from the list of articles above, the content extends beyond just the gun tubes… touching upon other aspects of military history, though always relating back to the artillery of course. Great work!