Close Range: a Study of Battlefield Ranges At Shiloh and Antietam
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in History
A study of the range of fire at the battles of Shiloh and Antietam is based on an analysis of data found in the after-action reports printed in The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. The data collected was any linear measurement, such as rods, feet, yards, or paces. The results of this study show that the range of fire at these two battles was less than 100 yards, rather than the 300 yards presumed in other studies. The data therefore supports a revisionist interpretation that the introduction of the rifled musket did not revolutionize battlefield tactics as most historians claim.
© Michael Paul Newton
Newton, Michael Paul, "Close Range: a Study of Battlefield Ranges At Shiloh and Antietam" (1991). MSU Graduate Theses. 825.