Drill Regulations for Coast Artillery, United States Army (1898, 1906, 1909, 1914), Govt. Printing Off., Washington, D.C. One of the early drill manuals published by the War Department specifically on seacoast defenses, these manuals outline the procedures used to fire the guns and operate the equipment used by the Coast Artillery Corps, including general principles, assignment of personnel, formations, command structure, fire control, gun drills, emplacement instructions, target practice, searchlights, communication, apparatus and instruments, care of materiel, definition of terms, and exams for gunners. Photocopy reprints of the 1914 Drill Regulations are available from Military-Info.com. A PDF version is available form the CDSG ePress.Manual for Submarine Mining (1898, 1912, 1926, 1930): A manual of procedures for the handing of submarine mines was developed 1890s and revised several times. A PDF version is available form the CDSG ePress.
Training Regulations (separate series, TR 435 coast artillery) 1920’s. These individually printed chapters replaced the book-bound “Drill Regulations” in the 1920s. These “TRs” were designed to be assembled into binders and could be “custom assembled” based on the interests of the individual officer or enlisted man. Photocopies of several Training Regulations are available from Military/Info Publishing. PDF versions of a few of these titles are available from the CDSG ePress.
Field Manuals and Training Manuals: The beginning in the late 1920s the army manual system was overhauled, redone, and printed as Field Manuals (FM) and Technical Manuals (TM), all part of the Army Manual system. A fairly complete set of original FMs and TMs are housed at Carlisle Barracks. Photocopies of several coast artillery FMs and TMs are available from Military/Info Publishing. A partial PDF list of coast artillery FMs and coast artillery TMs can be downloaded here by clicking the links: a list of Coast Artillery Field Manuals titles (FMlist.pdf (9K)), and a list of Coast Artillery Training Manual titles (TMlist.pdf (8K)). PDF versions of a few of these titles are available from the CDSG ePress.
Coast Artillery Tables of Organization and Equipment (TOEs): TABLES OF ALLOWANCES, TABLES OF BASIC ALLOWANCES, TABLES OF EQUIPMENT, TABLES OF ORGANIZATION / ORGANIZATION & EQUIPMENT. The CDSG ePress has a series of PDF files that have been copied from the National Archives.
Ordnance Department Documents: The Ordnance Department published a series of specific handbooks on the various weapons used by the US Army. Ordnance Department Document (ODD) No. 1467 is has a list of these pamphlets. A fairly complete collection of these documents are in the holdings of Carlisle Barracks and at the National Archives in RG-287 (Records of the Government Printing Office). Photocopies of several Ordnance Department Documents are available from Military/Info Publishing. A partial PDF list of coast artillery ODD titles is available here by clicking the link (ODDlist.pdf (18K). PDF versions of a couple of these titles are available form the CDSG ePress.
Ordnance Dept. Gun and Carriage Cards: These cards, organized by caliber with individual entries by serial number, contain information on the transfer (from location to location) and often the ultimate fate (scrapped, sent to a town, sent to the proving ground, etc.) of individual guns and carriages during their service life. The cards cover roughly the period 1900-1945. The files are organized by caliber both for guns and carriages: 3-, 4-, 4.7-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 10-, 12-, 12 (M)-, 14-, 16-inch guns. The CDSG ePress has a series of PDF files that have been copied from the National Archives.
Journal of the United States Artillery (1892-1922)
Coast Artillery Journal (1922-1948).
Antiaircraft Journal (1948-1954).
These publications were the professional journals for the artillery and coast artillery. They have a wide variety of news, history, and technical articles on US Coast Artillery. Complete sets are hard to find, but some of the larger libraries have some copies. Issues often turn up at used book sales. The CAJ was originally published by the Coast Artillery School at Fort Monroe, Virginia, and later by the United States Coast Artillery Association. The Journal also published a series of 12 Gunner’s Instruction Pamphlets, which covered all aspects of antiaircraft, fixed and mobile artillery and submarine mining. In 1948 the Journal was renamed the Antiaircraft Journal, which was last published in 1954. A complete set of PDFs of the Coast Artillery Journal is now online.