For Sale: Fifty Batteries of Field Artillery, Complete!

There are hundreds of artillery enthusiasts right now looking at their check book balances, just in case…. No, I’m not selling artillery, but in 1870 the Ordnance Department was: This advertisement appeared in the October 29, 1870 edition of the Commercial Advertiser (New York). This is like a dream list for collectors.  Thousands of muskets,Continue reading “For Sale: Fifty Batteries of Field Artillery, Complete!”

Swords into Plowshares,Spears into Pruning Hooks… and Parrott Shells into Wrecking Balls…

The disposition of ordnance after the Civil War has always fascinated me.  The Federals produced enough cannon and projectiles to fight a couple of wars.  Add to that mountains of weapons and ammunition captured from the Confederates.  In short, enough to carry the nation through several wars… provided that no advances in technology rendered theContinue reading “Swords into Plowshares,Spears into Pruning Hooks… and Parrott Shells into Wrecking Balls…”

Sherman’s March, February 16, 1865: “I instructed him not to fire any more into”… Columbia

If you ask me, Battery H, 1st Illinois Light Artillery should be among the most recognized artillery formations of the Civil War. The battery served in many important campaigns of the war and played critical roles in several major battles.  Armed with 20-pdr Parrott guns, this volunteer battery saw action at Shiloh (those big gunsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 16, 1865: “I instructed him not to fire any more into”… Columbia”