150 years ago: Were Jackson’s Batteries ready?

In the two previous posts, I’ve focused on the quantity of guns in General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Corps as reported in the February 1863 inspection.  The the shortfall was, if slowly, being rectified that winter. The report from Lieutenant Edmond P. Dandridge also assessed the status of battery equipment and personnel.  Since a battery isContinue reading “150 years ago: Were Jackson’s Batteries ready?”

150 years ago: Tredegar supplying field guns to the Confederacy

Yesterday I left off mentioning a shortfall of guns in Jackson’s Second Corps. The batteries of the corps had 95 of 116 guns required (according to General Pendleton). And of that total, roughly a third were obsolete 6-pdr guns and 12-pdr howitzers. My pal Robert Moore was quick to inquire about the pace of re-equippingContinue reading “150 years ago: Tredegar supplying field guns to the Confederacy”

150 years ago: Jackson in need of more guns

Earlier this month, I mentioned the reorganization within the artillery service of the Army of Northern Virginia. As part of Brigadier-General William N. Pendleton’s ongoing work to improve the artillery arm, Lieutenant Edmond P. Dandridge provided a detailed report of the state of Second Corps artillery on February 20, 1863. Dandridge’s inspections provide a snapshotContinue reading “150 years ago: Jackson in need of more guns”