School of the Piece.
Learn more information about roles and responsibilities of Civil War soldiers and the Artillery.
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Quick overview of Civil War Artillery
Produced by the Civil War Trust.
Infantry and Artillery Drill
Produced by The Gettysburg Museum.
Produced for the Tennesse Civil War Museum.
Civil War Artillery Manuals:
Several manuals of various use and publications years for Artillery can be seen bellow. These are considered public domain and can be accessed for free by google books.
For your conveniance and perusal scroll down to view the different Manuals.
Members of Battery I 1st US Artillery demonstrating Gun Drill
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The Adapted Drill Manual is based off of the 1860 & 1864 Instruction for Feild Artillery. This is the most widely accepted drill amongst Living History Units. The topics covered by the manual are:
Various commands for Artillery
Modern Safety Precautions
Links for larger views of each Manual or to download:
1864 Instruction for Field Artillery
1860 Gibbons Artillerst's Manual
1845 Instruction for Horse and Foot Artillery
Continue down to see these documents.
Instruction for Field Artillery
1864 Tactics and Drill Manual:
1845, Instruction for Field Artillery Horse & Foot:
Modern Adapted Drill Manual for Muzzle Loading Artillery in regards to Living History and Battle Reenactment:
John Gibbons Artillerists Manual 1860
Dedicated to Artillery Officers: