American Civil War Artillery 1861-65 (1). Field Artillery by Katcher Ph., Bryan T..

By Katcher Ph., Bryan T..

Maybe the main influential arm of both military within the prosecution of the yank Civil battle, the artillery of either side grew to become hugely expert agencies, centralizing their artillery, organizing artillery battalions from person batteries and giving their commanders larger ranks than box artillerymen had formerly held. In conflict, the advent of the 12-pdr. Napoleon , heavily through rifled cannon, supplied a spread and gear formerly unknown on American soil. This booklet info this important cog within the war-machine of each side.

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Positions, attacking Able Company’s southern flank and threatening the battalion command post (CP) to the rear. 17 Major Lloyd K. Jenson, the battalion executive officer, formed a force consisting of Fox Company reinforced with elements of Hotel Company and moved to seize the high ground commanding the main road to Charlie Company’s rear. The position was called the “switch” position because it was near the battalion’s forward telephone switchboard. Meanwhile, Freeman attached George Company to the st Battalion and ordered it to form another blocking position on high ground to allow the battalion’s forward elements to withdraw to its rear.

He talked informally with the troops, standing on the mess hall steps or in some similar location. His speeches were never bombastic, but his manner was one that conveyed his sincerity. He was skilled at communicating with soldiers, able to make each of them feel he was speaking directly to him, even in a group. Corporal Leslie Gains remembers Freeman telling him and his comrades that every one of them would be afraid in combat. If they were not, they were either a liar or a fool, and he needed neither in his regiment.

The situation was desperate, and would become hopeless if the North Koreans were able to sustain their attack unabated. 27 Had the attackers employed better communications and coordination, they easily could have overrun the American defenders. It was a shortcoming they frequently exhibited during the war and never fully overcame.  LEADERSHIP IN THE CRUCIBLE Freeman’s presence during these actions was a tonic to the men, who were using up their last reservoirs of endurance. One observer described the regimental commander’s actions: When action was joined, he gave his battalion commanders a free hand to fight their rifle companies as they saw fit.

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