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    Any links for CSA artillery drill manual?

    Hello, since there is upcoming update about artillery, I would like to know more about artillery and how it worked on the field, I would be very thankful if you could send me some drill manuals for confederate artillery. Thank you.

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    What you're going to find is that the CSA got their training from the same sources the USA did before the war and therefore their training is exactly alike.

    Where the CSA differed from the USA was in numbers deployment. The Army of Northern Virginia had very forward thinking officers in both Pendleton, Lee, and several others. While both sides appreciated the need for massing artillery, the North was hindered by their usage of the arm, assigning batteries to brigades, as opposed to the South's deployment to divisions, and implimenting command organisation.

    Also, the South's use of their Artillery Reserve as a weapon used exclusively by the commanding general, to repel and assist in attacks, whereas the North's use as a replacement source.

    But those are courses of action over and above singular battery drill.

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    Drill manuals are great for learning procedure. Following procedure results in the neat and clean spectacles you will see at reenactments. If you want to learn more about functionality in gritty field conditions you should read about that as well. Here's a few examples of lengthy essays by the park service on artillery at Gettysburg. Bear in mind there were changes over time to practical usage of artillery. For example, by the time of Gettysburg the Federal artillery had stopped using solid shot for their rifled guns (which was basically a big dart). Note the importance of changing positions. Tactical mobility is crucial to realistic artillery usage. Also the effects of damage to carriages, limbers and horses has an effect on the outcome of engagements. Infantry units lose privates, sergeants, and officers. Artillery units lose men, officers, limbers, horses, carriages, guns, and other material. That all matters in the long-run.

    Confederate artillery at Gettysburg:
    http://npshistory.com/series/symposi.../10/essay6.pdf

    Union Artillery at Gettysburg:
    http://npshistory.com/series/symposi...s/9/essay4.pdf

    Union artillery planning for July 3rd ("Pickett's Charge"):
    http://npshistory.com/series/symposi...s/6/essay7.htm

    Cemetery Hill's use for artillery:
    http://npshistory.com/series/symposi.../11/essay8.pdf

    The Peach Orchard's use for artillery:
    http://npshistory.com/series/symposi.../11/essay6.pdf
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