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I already have a copy of "The More Complete Cannoneer," but want to learn more about cannons. Thought I would order a copy of the South Bend catalog, which looks like it is loaded with information. After that, anyone have any favorites on cannon references? I like Harold Peterson's work, but perhaps y'all can recommend another read?
 

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Excellent question!

Much of my formal education was during 6 months at Ft. Sill.

As responses are posted, I'll build a bibleography under References Sticky.

I'll organize these into categories as interior/exterior ballistics; history of (time-to-time/war) and of particular models.
 

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Excellent reading and for reference here are some from my own library:

“Artillery and Ammunition of the Civil War”, by Warren Ripley, published by Promontory Press 1970.

“Field Artillery Weapons of the Civil War”, by James C. Hazlett, Edwin Olmstead, and M. Hume Parks, published by the University of Delaware Press, 1983 & 1988.

“The Big Guns”, Civil War Siege, Seacoast, and Naval Cannon, by Edwin Olmstead, Wayne E. Stark and Spencer C. Tucker. Published by Museum Restoration Service, 1997.

“The Lifesaving Guns of David Lyle”, by J.P. Barnett with a Preface by Harold L. Peterson.

ARTILLERY PROJECTILES:

“Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War”, by Thomas S. Dickey and Peter c. George, Arsenal Press 1980.
 

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Here's three more that I can highly recommend:

"Round Shot and Rammers", An Introduction to Muzzle-loading Land Artillery in the United States, by Harold L. Peterson. Published by South Bend Replicas, Inc.
(Great for anybody wanting to build their own carriage. There are lot's of diagrams that can easily be scaled.)

"Artillery Through the Ages", by Albert Manucy. Published by Division of Publications, National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior.

"Cannons", An Introduction to Civil War Artillery, by Dean S. Thompson. Published by Thomas Publications, Gettysburg, PA.
 

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Thanks for the references. They are posted alphabetically by title now with your comments.
 
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