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 Posted: Tue Jan 23rd, 2007 05:54 pm
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Albert Sailhorst

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Location: Aledo, Illinois USA
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Regarding horses in the service of the Artillery, suggests the following:

"...a battery of six light guns needed 110 horses to take the field, and an even larger number would be required for a battery of mounted artillery."

"As their lives and guns so often depended upon their horses, artillerymen were disposed to accept without excessive grumbling the regulations for their care. The bugler would sound stable call after reveille and roll, and water call after breakfast. The same routine for the horses would be repeated late in the afternoon. Morning and afternoon drill also meant a workout for the horses, after which they needed to be walked to cool down, curried, and probably watered again. There were always sick horses requiring care, and those who died requiring burial. (This last was described by John Billings, with the humor that can only be the product of a long passage of time, in his Hardtack and Coffee.)"

This website states the following regarding artillery forges, etc:

"A battery (the ideal battery consisted of 6 guns, but it was not uncommon to find batteries consisting of only 4 guns) was also accompanied by a forge, a wagon carrying the tents and supplies, and generally six additional caissons with reserve ammunition."

".... five artificers...."....these were the farriers, etc.....


Hope this helps!!


Albert Sailhorst, Cannoneer, Scott's TN Battery

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