American Civil War Artillery Demonstration, Antietam National Park

via posterous.com Excellent demonstration of how a gun crew handled artillery during the American Civil War can be seen below. Antietam Artillery Demonstration Ranger Mannie Gentile has become an excellent film maker. His blog, My year of living Rangerously, remains one of my favorites. Posted via web from Rene Tyree’s Lifestream

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The Philippine War, 1899-1902

Brian McAllister Linn. The Philippine War, 1899-1902. Reprint. University Press of Kansas, 2000. Brian Linn recounts the military operations that took place between the opening months of 1899 and July 1902 in what some of his reviewers have labeled as the “definite study” of the Philippine War. Ultimately, his goal is to set the record […]

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The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare

Edward Hagerman. The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare: Ideas, Organization, and Field Command. Reprint. Indiana University Press, 1992. In this important work on tactical and strategic military history, Edward Hagerman posits that the American Civil War marshaled in a new era in land warfare colored by the impacts of the Industrial […]

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Technology in U.S. Military History – 4

This post completes this series on Technology in U.S. Military History. See post 1 here, 2 here, and 3 here. P. Balaram in his editorial for Current Science titled “Science, Technology and War,” describes the widespread use of incendiaries and chemical defoliants which, he suggests, “reached its peak during the Vietnam War, with the United […]

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Technology in U. S. Military History – 3

This post continues on the theme introduced in post 1 here and continued in post 2 here. The growth in level of focus that the United States has placed on technology as manifested by the Vietnam War era cannot be stated better than by Andrew F. Krepinevich (The Army and Vietnam) who posited that the United […]

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Technology in U.S. Military History – 1

My current course on Studies in U. S. Military History (see courses page here) is drawing to a close. We have been examining the last of Millett and Maslowski’s major themes which is that “the United States has used increasingly sophisticated technology to overcome logistical limitations and to match enemy numbers with firepower.” [i] I find this supportable in […]

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Coggins' Arms and Equipment of the Civil War

I’m a fan of Jack Coggins. An author and illustrator, Coggins has captured some golden nuggets of information in his book,  Arms and Equipment of the Civil War. He has also written and illustrated a number of other mlitary history books no doubt influenced by his tour of duty as illustrator for YANK magazine during World War […]

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New Acquisitions – Indian Wars and Military History

Have acquired several new books this week that relate to the class at hand – Studies in U.S. Military History – (see details here).  The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000 By William H McNeill ISBN 0-226-56158-5 The University of Chicago Press, 1982 405 pages $17.10 King Philip’s War: The […]

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The Weapons They Carried

Much has been said about the impact of new weaponry on the tactics employed and resulting casualties of the American Civil War. Contributing to its designation as the first “modern war” (foder for much debate in class) has been the notion of widespread use of long-range rifled artillery and small arms, and the introduction of […]

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