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Gorgas, Josiah: Laidley, Theodore T.S.
THE ORDNANCE MANUAL FOR THE USE OF THE OFFICERS OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY
Evans & Cogswell, Charleston, S.C, 1863. 546pp. plus thirty-three plates. Publishers' patterned purple cloth with Ordnance Department device embossed on front and rear boards, spine gilt. Spine sunned, with repair to small tear at head of spine, boards lightly edge worn. Contemporary ownership inscription on front pastedown. Light tanning. Very good. An attractive copy of the first edition of the Confederate Army's manual for ordnance officers, prepared by Col. Josiah Gorgas, the logistical genius of the rebel war effort. As stated in the Preface, "This Manual is adapted, with some necessary changes, omissions, and alterations, from the Ordnance Manual of the United States service of 1861, prepared under the immediate direction of Major Laidley. The material of the two services is, of course, nearly identical, differing only in the shape of the new Columbiads and the Rifle Guns, and the addition to our service of the Mountain Rifle of 2.25 inch. It may be added that the labor of Ordnance officers now in the service of the Confederate States, has contributed to this new edition of the United States Manual." Evans & Cogswell were also the printers of the 1861 edition. The extensive text covers all manner of question and issues related to military ordnance, while the nearly three dozen plates show cannons, mounted guns, muskets, small arms, saddles, harnesses, and much more. Theodore T.S. Laidley (1822-86) born in Virginia, was a long-time ordnance officer. After the Mexican-American War, he served as Assistant Ordnance Office at Fort Monroe, Virginia, and was then made Comman … [Click Below for Full Description]
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