Osprey Warrior 34 : Confederate Artilleryman 1861-1865
In the heady days of the rush to arms in 1861, comparatively few Southern men volunteered for service in the artillery - most preferred the easily accessible glory of the infantry or cavalry. Given that field artillery was invariably deployed in front of the troops that it was supporting, the artillerymen were exposed to a high level of enemy fire, and losses were significant - at such moments, the drill and discipline installed on the training ground were all that held fear and cowardice at bay. Gun for gun and round for round, the Confederate artillery was technologically inferior to its Union opponent: the Federal forces could rely on the resources and output of the massive Cold Spring Foundry. Yet the discipline and determination of the Confederate artillerymen was of the highest calibre, and contributed to several key victories. At the outbreak of hostilities, the Confederate artillery was a somewhat neglected arm, as demonstrated by Lee's leaving of the majority of his guns behind upon his invasion of the North. With time though, the need for a strong artillery became clear and numerous re-organisations took place within the Confederate forces. This book guides the reader through the life and experiences of the Confederate cannoneer - where he came from, and how he became a part of the Confederate forces; how he trained and lived; how he dressed, fed and was equipped; and how he fought and behaved in the course of battle. Both the Eastern and Western theatres, as well as field and heavy artillery roles, are covered. Text by Philip Katcher with illustrations by Bill Younghusband.
- Daily Life
- Campaign Life
- The Artilleryman in Battle
- Colour Plate Commentary