• 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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  • Notes on Seacoast Fortification Construction by Col. Eben E. Winslow (1920) CDSG Press hard cover reprint of text with 29 plates included as a separate paperback volume   Winslow’s book is the most comprehensive reference work on the construction techniques and gun emplacement details of Endicott and Taft period seacoast fortifications. The 29 drawings that accompanied the original monograph have been slightly reduced and are bound together as a separate soft cover volume. Contents
    Chapter I – Historical
    Chapter II – Administration
    Chapter III – Armor and Armament
    Chapter IV- Material Used in Emplacement Construction
    Chapter V- Ammuntion Supply, Storage and Service
    Chapter VI – Batteries and Emplacements General Design
    Chapter VII – Emplacement Details
    Chapter VIII – Mortar Batteries
    Chapter IX – Dryness, Heating and Ventilation
    Chapter X – Blast Effects
    Chapter XI – Uses of Electricity in Fortifications
    Chapter XII – Fire Control
    Chapter XIII – Night Illumination of Battlefields
    Chapter XI – Submarine Mining
    Chapter XII – Summary
  • Permanent Fortifications 1862

    Permanent Fortifications and Sea-Coast Defenses, Congressional Report No. 62, U.S. House of Rep. (1862), hard cover reprint   The U.S. Army’s Engineer Department constructed “Third System” coastal fortifications from the post War of 1812 period to the post Civil War period. Some of the most brilliant Army Engineers, such as Sylvanus Thayer, Simon Bernard, Dennis Hart Mahan, Joseph G. Totten, and James St. Clair Morton, designed these fortifications. Many famous Army officers, like Robert E. Lee, William S. Rosecrans, P.G.T. Beauregard, James B. McPherson, George B. McClellan, and Montgomery C. Meigs, oversaw the construction of “Third System” works. Quite a few of these fortifications saw action during the American Civil War. Today, most Americans imagine “Third System” fortifications when they hear the word “fort.” The “Third System” represents the first truly Federal coastal fortification system in the United States. First, the Board of Fortifications decided on the locations that required protection, which evolved over the years. Next, the Army Engineers designed and constructed the necessary fortifications to provide the best protection. Thus, at one location only one fort was necessary while elsewhere, several forts and other fortifications such as martello towers, redoubts, and batteries were required. During the “Third System” period, numerous reports and other documents explained the design, construction, and placement of these important fortifications and their evolution. In 1862, the 37th Congress of the United States faced the most important national crisis since the founding of the country. A civil war between the southern and northern states had raging for months. The Committee on Military Affairs (now known as the Armed Services Committee) monitored the conduct and financing of the Union war effort. H.R. 416 shows that while involved in a civil war, the nation was more vulnerable to external threats. Thus Congress decided to strengthen the seacoast defenses. The report accompanying H.R. 416 was the Permanent Fortifications and Sea-Coast Defenses, House of Representatives Report No. 86, which reprinted a number of the important reports dealing with fortifications from various time periods including the best known one, Chief Engineer Joseph G. Totten’s 1851 report. These reports informed Congressmen and Senators of accomplished work, the fortifications’ value and future requirements; they were basically narrative reports, with accompany charts and listings on subjects such as the fortifications erected at each site. “Permanent Fortifications” is the best one-volume source for information and explanation of “Third System” coastal fortifications and merits inclusion in any U.S. coast defense library.
  • Seacoast Artillery Weapons (Technical Manual 9-210, 13 Oct. 1944) by the War Department, CDSG Press hard cover reprint of technical manual on the principal types of US Army coast artillery used in WWII.   This technical manual covers the weapons and the basic principles employed in the operation of seacoast artillery used during the WW II period.It is profusely illustrated with photographs and illustrations of the weapons and their supporting systems. An excellent resource book for those interested in the WW II-era seacoast artillery weapons: the 16-inch, 12-inch, 8-inch, and 6-inch long range barbette mounts, the M1900 6-inch, the M1902 and M1903 3-inch, the 90 mm antimotor torpedo boat weapons, and the 155 mm tractor-drawn guns. Contents
    Chapter 1 – General
    Chapter 2 – Cannon
    Section I – Tubes
    Section II – Breechblocks
    Section III – Firing Mechanisms
    Chapter 3 – Recoiland Counterrecoil Mechanisms
    Chapter 4 – Carriages
    Section I – General
    Section II – Fixed Carriages
    Section III – Motor-Drawn Carriages
    Section IV – Railway Artillery Carriages
    Chapter 5 – Searchlights
    Chapter 6 – Demolition of Material
    Appendix – Chart of Characteristics of Seacoast Artillery Weapons