The Mechanical Fuze and the Advance of Artillery in the Civil War
About the Book
The rifled artillery used during the Civil War created the need for a new and more reliable type of artillery fuze to light powder charges. This history explains how mechanically ignited fuzes were developed to improve accuracy, distance, and power of weaponry, and how the technical and manufacturing challenges of mating gunpowder and metal were met.
About the Author(s)
Edward B. McCaul, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 38 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
Table of Contents
ONE. United States Military Gunpowder 11
TWO. Prewar Fuzes 19
THREE. Smooth-Bore Versus Rifled Artillery 37
FOUR. The Manufacturing War 46
FIVE. Artillery During the Civil War 57
SIX. The New Fuzes 84
SEVEN. Hotchkiss, Parrott, and Schenkl 110
EIGHT. Postwar Developments 122
Appendix A. United States Fuze Related Patents, 1855–1872 131
Appendix B. British Fuze Related Patents, 1855–1876 173
Appendix C. Short Biographies 177
Appendix D. Prewar Armories, Arsenals, Navy Yards, Foundries, and Small Arms Manufacturers 185
Chapter Notes 195
Book Reviews & Awards
“this is an excellent publication”—Civil War News; “highly recommended”—Civil War Books and Authors.