Small Arms at Gettysburg: Infantry and Cavalry Weapons in America's Greatest Battle (Hardcover)

Small Arms at Gettysburg: Infantry and Cavalry Weapons in America's Greatest Battle By Joseph G. Bilby Cover Image

Small Arms at Gettysburg: Infantry and Cavalry Weapons in America's Greatest Battle (Hardcover)

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The Effect of Soldiers’ Weapons on the Turning Point of the Civil War
The three-day battle of Gettysburg has probably been the subject of more books and articles than any other comparable event. Surprisingly, until this work, no one has analyzed the firearms and other individual soldier’s weapons used at Gettysburg in any great detail. The battle was a watershed, with military weapons technologies representing the past, present, and future—sabers, smoothbores, rifles, and breechloaders—in action alongside each other, providing a unique opportunity to compare performance and use, as well as determining how particular weapons and their deployment affected the outcome and course of the battle.
Small Arms at Gettysburg: Infantry and Cavalry Weapons in America’s Greatest Battle covers all of the individual soldier’s weapons—muskets, rifle-muskets, carbines, repeaters, sharpshooter arms, revolvers, and swords—providing a detailed examination of their history and development, technology, capabilities, and use on the field at Gettysburg. Here we learn that the smoothbore musket, although beloved by some who carried it, sang its swan song, the rifle-musket began to come into its own, and the repeating rifle, although tactically mishandled, gave a glimpse of future promise. This is the story of the weapons and men who carried them into battle during three days in July 1863.

Joseph G. Bilby received his BA and MA degrees in history from Seton Hall University and served as a lieutenant in the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1966-1967. He is a columnist for Civil War News and assistant curator at the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey. He is author of a number of books, including A Revolution in Arms: A History of the First Repeating Rifles and New Jersey: A Military History.

Product Details ISBN: 9781594160547
ISBN-10: 1594160546
Publisher: Westholme Publishing
Publication Date: December 18th, 2007
Pages: 288
Language: English