It’s been a year and a half since I’ve posted anything. I just wanted to check in and say that I hope to post more, including at least one in the next week! Stay tuned!


Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day from the Artillery History Blog!

Cannon at the Artillery Park in Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Cannon at the Artillery Park in Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Addendum to the Foregoing

My first post (https://artilleryhistory.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/lets-start-things-off-with-a-bang/) is a video I took of historical re-enactors at Valley Forge. The re-enactors portray soldiers of the American Revolution from the Second Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line. (They also play the British as the 43rd Regiment of Foot). On Sunday, 16 February 2014, the Second Pennsylvania Regiment took to Valley Forge in order to help celebrate Presidents’ Day. There was a demonstration of an infantry platoon firing as a platoon and in sections. In the video below, the cannoneers demonstrate a crew drill on a three pounder light field artillery gun. According to the demonstrators, the gun would fire a three pound ball with one and a half pounds of powder. A well-trained crew could fire ten times per minute–once every six seconds. The crew would push the gun and advance alongside the infantry during attacks.

You can find out more about the Second Pennsylvania Regiment at http://www.243regiment.com/.

What’s This?

Military history has increasingly fascinated me over the past few years. The men, women, machines, and politics. How and why people fight. Stories of horror, cowardice, triumph, and bravery. How war is portrayed and why images and narratives of war are important to the identity of persons and societies throughout time. So I wanted a place where I could write about some of these topics.

But all of military history is far too broad and something about which I know far too little to write about even half-way competently. So I narrow it down to the history of artillery because it is a subject about which I know a little and one that I find endlessly fascinating. Before starting this project, I had already been doing some research on artillery history, and found a trove of quotes, stories, personalities, and battles that I felt could populate a blog. Then I looked around a bit and it seemed that there are few if any online sites devoted solely to the cannon and its many permutations, uses, and users throughout time. I hope this endeavor connects me with other history buffs, military enthusiasts if not service members and veterans, and any and all that are interested in this topic.

Or, to put it all very simply: I like big guns that go boom, and this is a place to explore their histories.


Hand cannon as depicted in Konrad Kyeser’s military handbook, Bellifortis (1405).