University of Virginia, where out of six hundred and four students in 1861 over one-half entered the Confederate
Besides these organizations, was the Washington Artillery, of Charleston, South Carolina
, organized in 1784; the Marion Artillery, of the same place; Delaware Kemper
's Artillery, of Alexandria
, and a number of other organizations.
The great bulk of the artillery, however, was composed of companies which volunteered for that branch of the service, and were compelled to accept such equipment as the Government
This embraced a great variety.
There was the small 6-pounder gun, at first largely predominating, and afterward the 12-pounder known as Napoleon
, and also the 12-pound and 24-pound howitzer, all of bronze.
The rifled guns were somewhat nondescript.
Those turned out by the Ordnance Department were generally of 3-inch caliber with five or seven grooves adapted to the same ammunition, though not uniform in length or shape, and varying in weight.
Many of these were withdrawn and replaced by guns of the Parrott type, or the 3-inch U. S. pattern.
It was extremely rare at any period of the war to find a battery with uniform equipment.
There was at no time in the Army of Northern Virginia more than six or eight batteries of Napoleon guns, and a less number of 3-inch rifles.
It seems to have been thought desirable to have a section of rifles and a section of smoothbores.
But it was not unusual to find in the same section rifles of different caliber, or a Napoleon with a 6-pounder, or perhaps a howitzer; and in a battery of four guns, there was not infrequently at least three different calibers which required different ammunition.
This made the supply of ammunition more difficult and impaired the effectiveness of the battery.
Experience taught the value of concentrated fire, and that four Napoleons or four rifles were more effective than the fire of a mixed battery.
and the 3-inch rifle, U. S. pattern, were the favorite guns; the former, because it was equally adapted to the