NAVAL EDGED WEAPONS: IN THE AGE OF FIGHTING SAIL, 1775-1865
Author: Sarah C. Wolfe
Publisher: MBI Publishing, Jun 2005
Surveys in full detail all weapons used in the Royal Navy & the new naval service of the United States. It concentrates on development from the American Revolution to the end of the Civil War. 10 color photos, 60 B&w photos & illus; 10x9 inches, 224 pgs.
* The only general book in print on the subject
* Heavily illustrated in line drawings and b/w and color photographs
* Written with the general reader in mind but useful to collectors and specialists
* Covers the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War
This book surveys in full detail all weapons used in the Royal Navy and the new naval service of the United States. It concentrates on development from the American Revolution to the end of the Civil War, the apogee and decline of fighting sail, revealing how British weapons were initially a major source of inspiration for the American navy, an influence which eventually declined as the United States developed its own arms industry. Using surviving examples, artifacts recovered by archeology, and documentary sources, the book devotes individual chapters to shipboard axes, pikes and other polearms, and both officers' and enlisted men's swords and cutlasses. It also looks at the decoration of swords and the significance of the motifs used, concluding with a section on the process of manufacturing and the organizations involved.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah C. Wolfe is a curator for a U.S. military museum. This, her first book, is based on research work at East Carolina University.