The Atlantic Volume 13

The Atlantic Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: the field. The sudden and extensive expansion of the artillery of the Army of the Potomac, that occurred from July 25, 1861, to March, 1862, is unparalleled in the history of war. Tabulated, it stands thus: --Batteries, Guru Mm Hones puu of July 25, 1861 9 30 650 400 imperfectly equipped. March, 1362 92 520 12,500 11,000 fully equipped and in readiness for actual field-service. Vell'may General Barry' and the oilicers of the Ordnance Department, who had, as it were, to create the means of meeting the heavy requisitions upon them, be proud of such a record. It is one of the most striking exponents of the resources of the nation which the war has produced. Of this force thirty batteries were regulars and sixty-two volunteers. The latter had to be instructed not only in the duties of a soldier, but in the theory and practice of their special arm. Defective guns and maleriel furnished by the States had to be withdrawn, and replaced by the more serviceable ordnance with which the regular batteries were being armed. Boards of examination were organized, and the oflicers thoroughly examined. Incompetency was set aside, zeal and elliciency rewarded by promotion. "Although," says General Barry, " there was much to be improved," yet "many of the volunteer batteries evinced such zeal and intelligence, and availed themselves so industriously of the instructions of the regular oflicers, their commanders, and of the example of the regular battery, their associate, that they made rapid progress, and finally attained a degree of proficiency highly creditable." At the siege of Yorktown, as has already been stated, onl_v one of the fifteen batteries was permitted to open fire on the enemy's works. This was more

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  • United States
  • English
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