Ordnance Department Document No. 2042
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Document No. 2042
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RES. 57, APPROVED MAY Il, 1922
,VAR DEP ART!IENT,
'VASHINGTON, June, 19;813.
. The following publication, entitled "American Coast Artillery
is published for the information and guidance of all
students of the Ordnance. training schools, and other similar edu-
The contents should not be republished
without authority of the Chief of Ordnance, 'Var Department,
ington, D. C.
By ORDEROF THE SECRETA~Y OF tV AR.
JOHN J. PERSHING,
General of the Armies,
Ohief of Staff.
ROBERT C. DAVIS,
Acting The Adjutant General.
This treatise on coast artillery is supposed to deal primarily with
American artillery and to include such data, description, etc., as can
be given in one volume of reasonaole size and ~till cover the hjstory of
development, the design and manufacture of a modern great seacoast
gun and carriage, and detailed descriptions of existing seacoast
weapons to the satisfaction of the casual student of the subject.
Since America is relatively a new country, it is of course necessary
to deal with artillery of any and every country in attempting
trace the history of the development of ammunition, guns, and
Careful survey of Part I will reveal that the history of the devel-
opment of artillery in the years 1400 to 1850 is not a history. of the
development of the science or art of artillery, but simply a history
of the development of the craftman's ability to cast or forge objects
of greater and greater weight or more complicated design as to
shape. The gun of 1850 is m