Roberts, Joseph, Captain, 4th Regiment Artillery, US Army. The Hand-Book of Artillery, for the Service of the United States. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1862. Third Edition. 24mo, fabric covers with gold crossed cannon and title on cover, 180pp. Book containing instructions on the ranges of heavy artillery, windage, ricochet and projectiles, with illustrations of different types of fuses and more. Page headed, "Preface to Second Edition," ink signed by 1st Lieutenant D.R. Irwin, Co. F, 3rd Regiment, Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, who enlisted as a 1st sergeant in August 1861 and likely obtained this hand book when he was promoted to 1st lieutenant on May 1, 1863.
Wear to covers, including few short tears/slight loss along top and bottom edges of spine. Binding is intact, although there are few loose (but not detached) pages, including title page.
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