• The 2018 CDSG Conference will be headquartered in Warrenton, Oregon, visiting the forts of the harbor defenses of the Columbia River: Forts Stevens, Canby and Columbia. Registration fee covers event set up costs and the CDSG annual banquet.
  • American Coast Artillery Matérial, Office of the Chief of Ordnance, ODD #2042 (1922), CDSG Press hardcover reprint   This reference work on coast artillery ordnance material was originally published by the Office of the Chief of Ordnance in June 1922 as Ordnance Department Document No. 2042. The publication discusses and illustrates in detail all the seacoast artillery weapons in use in 1922. This is one of the most comprehensive and profusely illustrated works on the specifics of early modern United States seacoast artillery weapons. Sections include the history of the development of artillery, the design and manufacture of a 16-inch seacoast weapon, detailed descriptions of American seacoast guns and mounts, and several tables of weapon data. Table of Contents Part I. History of the development of artillery p. 1 Part II. The design and manufacture of a great seacoast weapon [the 16-inch M1919] p. 144 Part III. Detailed descriptions of American seacoast guns and mounts p. 221 Part IV. Table of miscellaneous data p. 488
  • American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide Third Edition, edited by Mark Berhow (2015), CDSG Press hard cover reference manual for the interpretation of the historical remains and documents of US harbor defenses. (NOW AVAILABLE!!). Purchase price also includes a electronic PDF version contact Mark Berhow (berhowma@cdsg.org) for details.   This book is intended for people interested in the study of American seacoast defenses, who want specific information beyond the introductory works most often available at the bookstores and gift shops at the various forts around the country, but who have not yet accessed the large amount of hard-to-obtain materials, such as those at housed the National Archives. It is a compendium of information designed to provide quick answers to questions that arise when visiting a coast defense site-What was that tower used for? What kind of gun was in that battery? This book can be used to bridge the gap between the introductory works published on specific forts and the more detailed information found in National Archives entries, CDSG Journal articles and other CDSG publications and reprints. For the Second & Third Editions, a great number of corrections, changes, additions, better illustrations, suggestions, etc., came from many CDSG members. From these, significant corrections and general upgrades to the sections already published were made and several new sections were added, including sections on the First, Second, and Third Systems, searchlights, garrison structures, ammunition hoists, radar, coast artillery organization, uniforms and insignia, and two glossaries of terms. Other sections include a guide to the weapons and emplacements of US coast artillery weapons, a listing of the forts and batteries built by the US Army, Antiaircraft weapons, radar, fire control and position finding, submarine mines, legends and lore, maps and symbols, and source documents.
  • Artillerists and Engineers

    Artillerists and Engineers: The Beginnings of American Seacoast Fortifications, 1794-1815, by Colonel Arthur P. Wade, U.S. Army. Paperback, 226 pages.   This work covers a much-neglected subject in American seacoast defense references, the First and Second Systems. Col. Wade’s work is the only detailed reference-work in publication on the subject.

    At the end of the Revolutionary War the seacoast defenses of the United States consisted of a scattering of forts and batteries of varying sizes constructed by the individual states. Early in the 20th century the federal system of seacoast fortifications was generally considered the finest in the world. This dissertation examines the beginnings of that federal system, from 1794 to the end of the War of 1812.

    In 1794, faced with possible war with Britain, the federal government assumed responsibility for the construction and manning of seacoast defenses from Maine to Georgia. Construction was entrusted to French-born engineers, and a Corps of Artillerists and Engineers was raised to garrison the fortifications and to provide a source of native-born military engineers.  By 1801 the so-called First System of fortifications construction had been substantially completed. Beginning in 1806, Britain’s flouting of neutral maritime rights again threatened war, and new construction activity was stimulated by the Chesapeake-Leopard incident in 1807. This era of coast-defense construction from 1806 through the War of 1812 was to be known as the Second System. Almost all design and construction was supervised by officers of the Corps of Engineers, most of them young graduates of the Military Academy. The Chief Engineer, Jonathan Williams, introduced new theories from France, and during this Second System the basic fortifications design, hitherto founded on the works of Marshal Vauban, began to reflect increasingly the perpendicular walls and casemated guns advocated by Montalembert. By the eve of the War of 1812 the defenses of the Atlantic coast and those below New Orleans were substantially completed and manned by regular troops.

    In 1814 additional British ships and troops were sent to America and conducted several full-scale amphibious attacks on the coast, one of which resulted in the capture of Washington. Only four American seacoast fortifications were attacked: Fort Washington on the Potomac capitulated without firing a shot, but Fort McHenry at Baltimore, Fort Bowyer at the entrance to Mobile Bay, and Fort St. Philip below New Orleans all offered strong defenses and drove off the attacking fleets. Concluding from the wartime experience that strong seacoast defenses were a necessity, the nation embarked in 1816 upon a system of permanent fortifications that lasted until the advent of long-range aircraft and nuclear weapons made surface coastal defenses obsolete.

  • USB drive includes scanned copies of a variety of archival material for $50.00 The CDSG Document Collection contains the Annual Reports of the Chief of Coast Artillery (1901-1937); the Annual Reports of the Chief of Engineers (1866-1922); Army Directories (1893-1940); various official board reports (1886-1946); Board of Engineers Proceedings (1887-1905); several textbooks; a number of coast artillery reports; coast artillery war-game manuals; coast artillery Tables of Organization and Equipment (TOEs), The Histories of the Eastern, Southern, and Western Defense Commands (1945); army coast artillery field and training manuals (FMs  & TMs); the gun and carriage record cards; coast artillery related Ordnance Department Documents (ODDs); coast artillery army Training Manuals; coast artillery army Training Regulations (1905-1930); coast artillery army unit history record cards and documents; the Office of the Chief of Engineers Engineer Board Mimeograph series (1895 -1923); and various other documents. This collection is available on a 16 GB USB drive for $50.
      • Army Extension Course, Special Text No. 39, The Harbor Defense Command, 1939 Edition
      • Army Extension Course, Special Text No. 27, Coast Artillery Ammunition, 1935 Edition
      • War Department, Coast Artillery Drill Regulations, US Army, 1914, 228 pages
      • War Department, Coast Artillery Material Drill & Target Practice, fourth revision, 1917
      • War Department, Manual for Submarine Mining, Edition of 1912, 150 pages
      • Seacoast & Harbor Defense Carriage Descriptions (1920s?)
      • Mobile Carriage Descriptions (1920s?)
      • Damage Tables Seacoast Artillery against Naval Targets, 1942
      • Training Regulations Coast Artillery Corps (1920s)
      • Field Manuals 1940s Coast Artillery
      • Ordnance Department Documents (Instructions for mounting, using and caring for)
      • Training Manuals (1940s)
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