Mahan on Artillery Tactics, Part 4: More on the Defense

Let us continue the discussion of artillery as used on the defense, according to Mahan. And we again turn to Chapter II, verse 151….. Those positions for batteries should be avoided from which the shot must pass over other troops, to attain the enemy. And those should be sought for from which a fire canContinue reading “Mahan on Artillery Tactics, Part 4: More on the Defense”

Summary Statement, 3rd Quarter, 1863 – Iowa’s batteries

Iowa provided four light batteries to the Federal cause during the Civil War. Three of those were on active service at the end of September, 1863.  The fourth was mustering and organizing that fall.  For the third quarter, 1863, the summaries offer four entry lines: Three batteries and one artillery section reported with the 2ndContinue reading “Summary Statement, 3rd Quarter, 1863 – Iowa’s batteries”

All those captured guns from Missionary Ridge

Let me pull up one of the famous wartime artillery photographs taken at Chattanooga which features artillery. I count eighteen tubes in this view. All 12-pdr Napoleons. Some with the straight muzzle of Confederate manufacture. Others with a muzzle swell, which could be captured Federal (but not in this case) or those of early Confederate manufacture.