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- Feb 23, 2013
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One aspect about Western artillery that so far hasn't been mentioned was the tendency among Western batteries - both Federal and Confederate - to use what are known as mixed batteries; that is, those which are composed of more than one type of gun. In Eastern units gun types within a battery were fairly quickly consolidated so that they became batteries of Napoleons, six-pounders (mainly horse artillery units), Parrotts, or 3" ordnance rifles - this made the problem of ammunition resupply much easier. However, in Western units it remained fairly common for batteries to consist of, for example, one or two sections (of two guns each) of 12 pounder guns or howitzers and one section of six-pounders. Or maybe, two of twelve-pounders and one of rifles, making ammunition much more a problem for the battery commander and commander of the ordnance train.View attachment 399218
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Hey yall, new member here. I visited Chickamauga recently for the first time. Something that stuck out to me was the prevalence of older 12lb and 6lb howitzers of the various Union and Confederate units engaged there. From the little I have researched thus far it seems older field pieces were prevalent in the Western Theatre. Was this intentional (Eastern Theatre given newer equipment first) or just happenstance? Any input and discussion would be greatly appreciated!