American Civil War Armies (1): Confederate Troops by Philip Katcher

By Philip Katcher

Whilst the Southern states seceded to shape their very own executive in 1861, one among their first strikes used to be to organise a military. The South's combating males served from the time in their enlistment till the top of the warfare, receiving bad rations, or even worse garments – and this even though one of many first steps taken by means of the recent military used to be to layout a uniform and identify criteria for accoutrements and guns. during this first of 5 volumes reading American Civil warfare armies, Philip Katcher profiles the uniforms issued by way of the nationwide accomplice govt to its artillery, cavalry and infantry troops.

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By the standards of today, or indeed by those of the more sophisticated European powers of 1775, the army of George Washington was administered in a fashion so haphazard as to be almost reckless. The French and Prussian generals of the period would have been shocked indeed to find themselves at the head of such poorly found troops. But we must remember that very few of the Continentals had ever been soldiers before the revolution. They were far from being dismayed at the lack of administrative conveniences whose existence they had never suspected.

In the retreat after the Battle of Brandywine Edward Hector, a volunteer in the Third Pennsylvanian Artillery, was ordered to abandon his ammunition wagon; but he refused and instead, amid all the confusion, drove his precious cargo to the rear. What was more, he stopped several times to pick up abandoned muskets. His deed was not recognized until 1832 when he was given 40 dollars for his part in the struggle for independence. Another Negro, Austin Dabney, distinguished himself in the engagement at Kettle Creek after the loss of Savannah.

The expedition was British the city was called on to surrender. Whilst ignominiously routed by a superior British fleet the American general, Lincoln, temporized, British which suddenly appeared from New York, horsemen rode around to the north and cut off the though the militia and guns had already been one escape route. Deciding to fight on, Charleston 28 held out for a month during which the American fortifications were made of earth revetted with defending artillery more than held its own under palmetto - a spongy wood which just absorbed the British bombardment.

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