Rocks and Rifles: The Influence of Geology on Combat and Tactics during the American Civil War

Rocks and Rifles: The Influence of Geology on Combat and Tactics during the American Civil War

by Scott Hippensteel

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This book discusses the relationship between geology and fighting during the American Civil War. Terrain was largely determined by the underlying rocks and how the rocks weathered. This book explores the difference in rock type between multiple battlegrounds and how these rocks influenced the combat, tactics, and strategies employed by the soldiers and their commanding officers at different scales.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030008765
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Series: Advances in Military Geosciences
Edition description: 1st ed. 2019
Pages: 321
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Scott Hippensteel’s scientific research interests are primarily focused on using microfossils to solve environmental and geoarchaeological problems. Many of his research publications are related to paleotempestology, the study of ancient hurricanes, and factors that influence the records of sea-level rise over the last 10,000 years. More recently he has been applying micropaleontology to archaeological studies, including reconstructing Civil War landscapes and identifying the ways that battlefields have changed over time. These reconstructions are especially important in dynamic coastal settings. The most interesting research he’s conducted in his career occurred after he joined the research team studying the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. He is studying the sediments and microfossils from within the submarine hull to provide insights into the cause of sinking and exceptional taphonomic preservation of the crew.

Table of Contents

Chapter1. Introduction.- Part I. Igneous Rocks.- Chapter2. Second Manassas.- Chapter3. Gettysburg.- Chapter4. Geomorphology and Civil War Combat Photography.- Part II. Metamorphic Rocks.- Chapter5. South Mountain.- Chapter6. Spotsylvania Court House.- Chapter7. Kennesaw Mountain.- Part III. Sedimentary Rocks.- Chapter8. Antietam.- Chapter9. Fredericksburg.- Chapter10. Stones River.- Chapter11. Petersburg.- Chapter12. Morris Island.- Chapter13. Conclusion.

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