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Wall of Fire: The Rifle And Civil War Infantry Tactics (The American Civil War Book 1) Major Richard E. Kerr

Wall of Fire: The Rifle And Civil War Infantry Tactics (The American Civil War Book 1)

Major Richard E. Kerr

Published June 1st 1990
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This book examines the effect the rifle had on infantry tactics during the Civil War. It traces the transition from smooothbore to rifle and the development of the Minie ball. The range and accuracy of various weapons are discussed andseveral tablesMoreThis book examines the effect the rifle had on infantry tactics during the Civil War. It traces the transition from smooothbore to rifle and the development of the Minie ball. The range and accuracy of various weapons are discussed andseveral tables illustrate the increased capabilities of the rifle. Tactics to exploit the new weapon are examined, primarily those of William Hardee. Using Hardees tactics as the standard rifle tactics before the war, the change in how infantry soldiers fought is documented with two battle analyses. The 1862 Maryland Campaign shows the start of tactical evolution as soldiers seek cover, expend large quantities of ammunition and are decisively engaged atgreater distances. During the 1864 Wilderness-Spotsylvania battle, the concepts of fortification defense and skirmish offense take hold. Examining several current books that deal with the rifle and its effects, the thesis concludes that the rifles increased firepower was a major factor inthe move away from Hardees formation tactics.