Only about six percent of the soldiers in the American Civil War were enrolled in the artillery branch of the service, yet the artillery played a pivotal role in almost every major engagement of the War. From the massed Union batteries at Stones River and Malvern Hill to the intrepid field work of Pelham's horse artillery at Fredericksburg, the big guns were always a factor, and often the decisive one. The purpose of this site is to acquaint the reader with basic information about the topic and provide some suggestions for further viewing and reading. Much of the focus is on the field artillery, which saw the most battle action during the War, but the growing Encyclopedia of Civil War Artillery provides examples of every type.
The Civil War Artillery Page is organized into eight unique sections: Organization & Drill, Weapons, Ammunition, Equipment, Famous Weapons, Famous Artillerists, History & Reenactment, and Reference. Among these is a bibliography, photographs, technical sketches, and links to other artillery-related sites. Part of the Civil War Virtual Archives webring.