Sixty cents a pound: Tredegar 12-pdr Field Howitzers

Tredegar Foundry produced around forty-five bronze 12-pdr field howitzers, along with thirty cast iron 12-pdrs, during the Civil War.  A surviving invoice from Tredegar indicates the Washington Artillery received two howitzers in June 1861.  The firm cast the last bronze howitzer in November 1862, then switched to 12-pdr Napoleon guns. One of these Tredegar bronzeContinue reading “Sixty cents a pound: Tredegar 12-pdr Field Howitzers”

The Role of Civil War Field Artillery on the Battlefield

Some points to ponder as I work up some posts regarding field artillery tactics. First – In 1845, the Army published its consolidated Instruction for field artillery, horse and foot.  Note the last three words offer variations for artillery accompanying cavalry and infantry, respectively.  “Mounted” artillery was not standardized until later.  This manual, for theContinue reading “The Role of Civil War Field Artillery on the Battlefield”

A little less grape if you please! A long running misrepresentation

“A little more grape, Captain Bragg.” Yes, that is the popular version of General Zachary Taylor’s order to Captain Braxton Bragg at Buena Vista. The order took on a life all its own, immortalized in song and story, and helped to propel Taylor into the White House. A more likely version of the order is,Continue reading “A little less grape if you please! A long running misrepresentation”