Artilleryman 1861 – 65
by Philip Katcher
illustrated by Bill Younghusband
S u m m a r y
|Published by Osprey
|60 pages, photographs,
1/35 scale plans
|Good coverage of uniforms
and sidearms; useful impression of the soldiers’ lives through letters,
diaries etc; nice colour plates.
|Recommended to aficionados
of American Civil War history and weapons.
Reviewed by John Prigent
Here’s a great companion for the two New Vanguards on American Civil War
artillery pieces. The uniforms worn are described, as are the sidearms
carried, and some of the “fancy” uniforms worn by particular batteries at
the beginning make interesting reading though simpler garb was soon
The plates show officers and men of particular units on the march, in
action and at rest, and there are plenty of contemporary photographs and
drawings here which show them too so figure modellers will find this book
Much of the book goes into the recruitment, daily life and battle actions
of the Confederate artillery. Excerpts from letters and diaries give the
reader a clear impression of the gunners’ lives and the conditions in
which they lived and fought, and even the gun drill is described by one of
the men who applied it in action.
Recommended to all American Civil War buffs.
Review Copyright © 2001 by John
Page Created 23 August, 2001
22 July, 2003
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