nevermore wrote:... We are going to write our own ACW rules soon and put them on a PDF free of charge, because all these tables of artillery guns and different weapons for the common soldier during the ACW - did they really use them alot.I think on the % scale it was rare from what i have researched.
ACW should be simple to game on the tabletop and to much detail for me ruins it, alot of the battles found it hard to get use from artillery with all the wooden areas and folds in the ground, but then again some battlefields (Gettysburg) artillery were of great use.
Not a expert on the ACW just my opinion
In some way you are right with your sentence as there are only a few different "types" of fire arms in the ACW thats worth to point out:
.)Smoothbore Muskets used mostly in the West by CSA, but also by the Irish Brigade until and at Gettysburg
.) Rifled Muskets most notably Enfield/Springfield by USA and CSA
.) Breechloading Rifles mostly USA and approx. 10% of CSA
.) Repeating Rifles, a few units like Wilders Mounted Brigade USA, Custers Michigan Brigade(Spencers) while Revolving Carbines by some CSA Cavalry
In terms of Cannons it is really hard to cut down the types in use to only a few models, i.e., 10pdr Parrots, 12pdr Napoleons, 3" Rifle, 12pdr Howitzer.
The Union Army in the East used 5 to 6 types alone while in the West twice the number. The Confederates had almost 20 types in their Artillery Arm!
Of course you can through one or another of those rifled guns in one bin but IMHO I would not dare to compare a Parrot with a Naval Rifle.
Here is a list of CSA Types in use:
(retrieved from "The long Arm of Lee")
12pdr SB "Napoleon"
6 pdr SB 1841
12pdr SB 1841
3" Naval Rifle
12pdr Withworth and Hotchkiss