“I would propose … the train be intrusted to Colonel Abbot”: Organizing a Siege Train for the 1864 Campaign

Earlier I posted about the reorganization, or if you prefer, consolidation, of the field artillery in the weeks before the start of the Overland Campaign.  Another organizational action, no less critical to the ultimate objective of the campaign, for the artillery supporting the Army of the Potomac was the re-creation of the siege train.  IfContinue reading ““I would propose … the train be intrusted to Colonel Abbot”: Organizing a Siege Train for the 1864 Campaign”

150 Years Ago: Hunt prefers the big siege rifles

One-hundred and fifty years ago (and one day, as I had other pressing news to report yesterday), Brigadier General Henry Hunt offered a report on the effectiveness of the heavy rifles employed at Fredericksburg the previous week. I have the honor to report that the practice in the recent battle with the 20-pounder Parrott wasContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Hunt prefers the big siege rifles”