The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat

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ISBN: 0700623833
Release Date: 2016-07-11
Number of pages: 296
Author: Earl J. Hess
Publisher: Modern War Studies (Paperback)

Download and read online The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat in PDF and EPUB Challenges the longstanding view that the rifle musket revolutionized warfare during the Civil War, arguing instead that its actual impact was real but limited and specialized.


The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105131740073
Release Date: 2008
Number of pages: 288
Author: Earl J. Hess
Publisher:

Download and read online The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat in PDF and EPUB Challenges the longstanding view that the rifle musket revolutionized warfare during the Civil War, arguing instead that its actual impact was real but limited and specialized.


Civil War Infantry Tactics

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ISBN: 9780807159385
Release Date: 2015-04-13
Number of pages: 368
Author: Earl J. Hess
Publisher: LSU Press

Download and read online Civil War Infantry Tactics in PDF and EPUB For decades, military historians have argued that the introduction of the rifle musket-with a range five times longer than that of the smoothbore musket-made the shoulder-to-shoulder formations of linear tactics obsolete. Author Earl J. Hess challenges this deeply entrenched assumption. He contends that long-range rifle fire did not dominate Civil War battlefields or dramatically alter the course of the conflict because soldiers had neither the training nor the desire to take advantage of the musket rifle's increased range. Drawing on the drill manuals available to officers and a close reading of battle reports, Civil War Infantry Tactics demonstrates that linear tactics provided the best formations and maneuvers to use with the single-shot musket, whether rifle or smoothbore. The linear system was far from an outdated relic that led to higher casualties and prolonged the war. Indeed, regimental officers on both sides of the conflict found the formations and maneuvers in use since the era of the French Revolution to be indispensable to the survival of their units on the battlefield. The training soldiers received in this system, combined with their extensive experience in combat, allowed small units a high level of articulation and effectiveness. Unlike much military history that focuses on grand strategies, Hess zeroes in on formations and maneuvers (or primary tactics), describing their purpose and usefulness in regimental case studies, and pinpointing which of them were favorites of unit commanders in the field. The Civil War was the last conflict in North America to see widespread use of the linear tactical system, and Hess convincingly argues that the war also saw the most effective tactical performance yet in America's short history.


Battle Tactics of the Civil War

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ISBN: 0300042477
Release Date: 1989-01-01
Number of pages: 239
Author: Paddy Griffith
Publisher: Yale University Press

Download and read online Battle Tactics of the Civil War in PDF and EPUB Analyzes the events, weapons, and strategies of the Civil War and argues that the introduction of modern weaponry did not have significant effect on the outcome or the conduct of the war


The Union Soldier in Battle

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ISBN: UOM:39015036070368
Release Date: 1997
Number of pages: 244
Author: Earl J. Hess
Publisher:

Download and read online The Union Soldier in Battle in PDF and EPUB A reminder that the buisness of war is killing, this study recounts the hellish realms of Civil War combat. Drawing upon letters, diaries and memoirs of Northern soldiers, it reveals not only their deepest fears and shocks, but also their sources of inner strengths.


The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare

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ISBN: 0253207150
Release Date: 1992
Number of pages: 366
Author: Edward Hagerman
Publisher: Indiana University Press

Download and read online The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare in PDF and EPUB "... a major contribution to our knowledge of the place of the Civil War in the history of warfare.... I have long hoped for a sound history of Civil War military staffs... I need hope no more; Hagerman has covered this subject also, with the same assured expertness that he gives to tactics and technology." —Russell F. Weigley "... this fine book deserves a place on the shelves of all military historians in this country and abroad." —American Historical Review "... a first rate book... impressive... an imposing work... " —Journal of American History "This book is filled with enlightening information.... ought to be a standard for many years to come and should be required reading for any serious Civil War military historian." —Journal of Southern History


The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta

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ISBN: 9781469622422
Release Date: 2015-05-18
Number of pages: 288
Author: Earl J. Hess
Publisher: UNC Press Books

Download and read online The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta in PDF and EPUB Fought on July 28, 1864, the Battle of Ezra Church was a dramatic engagement during the Civil War's Atlanta Campaign. Confederate forces under John Bell Hood desperately fought to stop William T. Sherman's advancing armies as they tried to cut the last Confederate supply line into the city. Confederates under General Stephen D. Lee nearly overwhelmed the Union right flank, but Federals under General Oliver O. Howard decisively repelled every attack. After five hours of struggle, 5,000 Confederates lay dead and wounded, while only 632 Federals were lost. The result was another major step in Sherman's long effort to take Atlanta. Hess's compelling study is the first book-length account of the fighting at Ezra Church. Detailing Lee's tactical missteps and Howard's vigilant leadership, he challenges many common misconceptions about the battle. Richly narrated and drawn from an array of unpublished manuscripts and firsthand accounts, Hess's work sheds new light on the complexities and significance of this important engagement, both on and off the battlefield.


The Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle

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ISBN: 9781849088701
Release Date: 2011-07-20
Number of pages: 80
Author: Peter Smithurst
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online The Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle in PDF and EPUB The Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle was the first rifled firearm issued to every soldier in the British Army, and gave the infantry a revolutionary increase in firepower. First issued in 1853, the Enfield proved itself worthy during both the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny, where its long range, durability, and interchangeable parts made it a perfect campaign rifle. However, it was during the American Civil War that the Enfield saw the greatest use, with over a million rifles being sold to the armies of both the North and South. This title takes an in-depth look at the design, the history, the mechanics, and the use of one of the most important firearms of the 19th century.


The Better Angels of Our Nature

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ISBN: 9780817316952
Release Date: 2010-03-11
Number of pages: 229
Author: Michael A. Halleran
Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Download and read online The Better Angels of Our Nature in PDF and EPUB The first in-depth study of the Freemasons during the Civil War From first-person accounts culled from regimental histories, diaries, and letters, Michael A. Halleran has constructed an overview of 19th-century American freemasonry. The author examines carefully the major Masonic stories from the Civil War, in particular the myth that Confederate Lewis A. Armistead made the Masonic sign of distress as he lay dying at the high-water mark of Pickett's charge at Gettysburg.


A Companion to the U S Civil War 2 Volume Set

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ISBN: 9781118802953
Release Date: 2014-02-05
Number of pages: 1232
Author: Aaron Sheehan-Dean
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Download and read online A Companion to the U S Civil War 2 Volume Set in PDF and EPUB A Companion to the U.S. Civil War presents a comprehensive historiographical collection of essays covering all major military, political, social, and economic aspects of the American Civil War (1861-1865). Represents the most comprehensive coverage available relating to all aspects of the U.S. Civil War Features contributions from dozens of experts in Civil War scholarship Covers major campaigns and battles, and military and political figures, as well as non-military aspects of the conflict such as gender, emancipation, literature, ethnicity, slavery, and memory


Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

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ISBN: 9781472815934
Release Date: 2017-08-24
Number of pages: 80
Author: Martin Pegler
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War in PDF and EPUB At the outset of the American Civil War, the Union Army's sharpshooters were initially equipped with the M1855 Colt revolving rifle, but it was prone to malfunction. Instead, the North's sharpshooters preferred the Sharps rifle, an innovative breech-loading weapon capable of firing up to ten shots per minute – more than three times the rate of fire offered by the standard-issue Springfield .58-caliber rifled musket. Other Union sharpshooters were equipped with the standard-issue Springfield rifled musket or the .56-56-caliber Spencer Repeating Rifle. Conversely, the Confederacy favoured the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifled musket for its sharpshooters and also imported from Britain the Whitworth Rifle, a .45-caliber, single-shot, muzzle-loading weapon distinguished by its use of a twisted hexagonal barrel. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this is the engrossing story of the innovative rifles that saw combat in the hands of sharpshooters on both sides during the Civil War.


Fateful Lightning

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ISBN: 9780199939367
Release Date: 2012-05-11
Number of pages: 592
Author: Allen C. Guelzo
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Download and read online Fateful Lightning in PDF and EPUB The Civil War is the greatest trauma ever experienced by the American nation, a four-year paroxysm of violence that left in its wake more than 600,000 dead, more than 2 million refugees, and the destruction (in modern dollars) of more than $700 billion in property. The war also sparked some of the most heroic moments in American history and enshrined a galaxy of American heroes. Above all, it permanently ended the practice of slavery and proved, in an age of resurgent monarchies, that a liberal democracy could survive the most frightful of challenges. In Fateful Lightning, two-time Lincoln Prize-winning historian Allen C. Guelzo offers a marvelous portrait of the Civil War and its era, covering not only the major figures and epic battles, but also politics, religion, gender, race, diplomacy, and technology. And unlike other surveys of the Civil War era, it extends the reader's vista to include the postwar Reconstruction period and discusses the modern-day legacy of the Civil War in American literature and popular culture. Guelzo also puts the conflict in a global perspective, underscoring Americans' acute sense of the vulnerability of their republic in a world of monarchies. He examines the strategy, the tactics, and especially the logistics of the Civil War and brings the most recent historical thinking to bear on emancipation, the presidency and the war powers, the blockade and international law, and the role of intellectuals, North and South. Written by a leading authority on our nation's most searing crisis, Fateful Lightning offers a vivid and original account of an event whose echoes continue with Americans to this day.


The Bloody Crucible of Courage

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ISBN: 0786715634
Release Date: 2005-02-18
Number of pages: 752
Author: Brent Nosworthy
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers

Download and read online The Bloody Crucible of Courage in PDF and EPUB A noted military historian takes a close-up look at the fighting methods, tactics, and weaponry on both sides of the American Civil War in a thorough analysis of Civil War military practices that chronicles the evolution of warfare from the early days of the war, through the famous battles at Gettysburg and Antietam, to the final surrender of the Confederate forces. Reprint.


Trench Warfare under Grant and Lee

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ISBN: 0807882380
Release Date: 2011-04-01
Number of pages: 336
Author: Earl J. Hess
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

Download and read online Trench Warfare under Grant and Lee in PDF and EPUB Earl J.Hess's study of armies and fortifications turns to the 1864 Overland Campaign to cover battles from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. Drawing on meticulous research in primary sources and careful examination of battlefields at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Bermuda Hundred, and Cold Harbor, , Hess analyzes Union and Confederate movements and tactics and the new way Grant and Lee employed entrenchments in an evolving style of battle. Hess argues that Grant's relentless and pressing attacks kept the armies always within striking distance, compelling soldiers to dig in for protection.


The Earl J Hess Fortifications Trilogy Omnibus E book

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ISBN: 9780807872826
Release Date: 2011-12-01
Number of pages: 1216
Author: Earl J. Hess
Publisher: UNC Press Books

Download and read online The Earl J Hess Fortifications Trilogy Omnibus E book in PDF and EPUB This three-volume Omnibus e-Book set is a collection of Earl J. Hess's definitive works on trench warfare during the Civil War. The set includes: Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns, 1861-1864, covering the eastern campaigns, from Big Bethel and the Peninsula to Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Charleston, and Mine Run; Trench Warfare under Grant and Lee: Field Fortifications in the Overland Campaign, covering Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, and Bermuda Hundred; and In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat, recounting the strategic and tactical operations in Virginia during the last ten months of the Civil War, when field fortifications dominated military planning and the landscape of battle. This invaluable trilogy is a must have for anyone interested in the battles, tactics and strategies of both sides during the Civil War.