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Advances in Military Geosciences

Rocks and Rifles

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

Authors: Hippensteel, Scott

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  • The first comprehensive and in-depth exploration of the influence of geology on the outcome of battles underlain by a variety of rocks in both the Eastern and Western Theaters of war
  • Reveals the influence of geology on landscape features and terrain in historical context
  • Explores the qualities of sediment that made these fortifications so much stronger than masonry structures in the face of modern (Civil War) rifled artillery
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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.

About the authors

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. 

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“Scott Hippensteel's Rocks and Rifles succeeds admirably in bringing a renewed appreciation of geology to Civil War military history. It is certainly true that intimate knowledge of the ground is an essential prerequisite for comprehensive mastery of any given battle history, and Hippensteel's study offers readers and experts alike a series of fresh and informed glimpses of yet another layer of understanding.”(Andrew Wagenhoffer, Civil War Books and Authors)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-00877-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-00876-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rocks and Rifles
Book Subtitle
The Influence of Geology on Combat and Tactics during the American Civil War
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Military Geosciences
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-00877-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-00877-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-00876-5
Series ISSN
2522-8315
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 321
Number of Illustrations
39 b/w illustrations, 105 illustrations in colour
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