Re: Continental Artillery, last chance comments...
Quote: Steve Pickstock
And your sources are...?
Hat has offered this set for comment and while your comments may be valid (I don't know a lot about the ACW), they aren't a whole lot of help. Too often people come onto the board and criticise without being constructive or justification. It is much more use when people quote sources or the reasons for comments.
I have been off line for several months due to family medical issues, but if you look back through the forum archives you will find comments from me when the series was first announced and I offered to help then. That offer still stands. BTW I forgot to mention that the masters in the photo appear to be wearing V neck waistcoats - a 19th century garment.
My sources are for the most part freely available on line such as De Tousard's work "American artillerist's companion: or Elements of artillery." as well as my own book shelf, the most important one there being "A Guide to the Discipline of the Field Atillery of the United States" by Captain William Stevens.
This is a scan of an original work published in 1797 by an officer who served with the Continental Artillery during the war and was the basis for the first formal drill manual in the United States Army and has recently been reprinted - you can get a copy via Amazon. Steven's work is a study of actual practice by someone who was there, not an official 'do it this way' manual.
I also have eight years "hands on" experience with a 3pdr gun crew so I've got a fair idea which about side of the gun to stand and on what equipment was used :)
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