of rifled guns worked as great a revolution in warfare on land as that of the ironclad vessel on the sea.
The photographs in this volume follow the artillery in the field, both Federal and Confederate.
They comprehensively illustrate the precaution taken by the Federal
engineers to protect the Northern
capital from capture.
They supplement graphically the technical information in regard to the fabrication of guns and making of ammunition.
A dramatic series of views follows the gradual reduction of the Confederate
forts and batteries on Morris Island
by the Federal
besiegers, and the latter's attempts against Sumter
The photographs in the latter part of the volume reflect the ingenuity of the American
soldier in protecting himself on the battlefield; the bridging of broad rivers in the space of an hour by the Engineer Corps; the expert railroading under difficulties of the United States Military Railroad Construction Corps; the Confederate
defenses along the James
which baffled the Federal
army, and preserved Richmond
so long free though beleaguered.