Civil War Torpedoes and the Global Development of Landmine Warfare
Civil War Torpedoes and the Global Development of Landmine Warfare recounts the use of landmines in the American Civil War from their predecessors before 1861 through their legacy in the post-Cold War era. A handful of Confederates pioneered the use of torpedoes, as landmines were commonly called in the 1860s, burying them in front of fortifications, along roads, and as booby traps. Federal troops quickly learned how to deal with them, often using Confederate prisoners to dig them up. The first doctrine of landmine use in global history appeared during the Civil War. Hess discusses not only the technical and tactical aspects of the Civil War torpedo, but the morality and doctrine that surrounded this weapon in ways that illuminate how modern landmines have shaped international conflicts to our own time. Through intensive research in archival institutions, published primary sources, and technical literature, Hess has created the definitive account of Civil War era landmine warfare within its global context.
About this Author
Earl J. Hess, Emeritus, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee, is the author or editor of twenty-six books on Civil War history. They include Civil War Logistics: A Study of Military Transportation (Louisiana State University Press, 2017), Civil War Supply and Strategy: Feeding Men and Moving Armies (Louisiana State University Press, 2020), and Animal Histories of the Civil War Era (Louisiana State University Press, 2022). Hess's study of Civil War Infantry Tactics: Training, Combat, and Small-Unit Effectiveness (Louisiana State University Press, 2015), received the Tom Watson Brown Book Award of the Society of Civil War Historians.
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