Rocks and Rifles

The Influence of Geology on Combat and Tactics during the American Civil War

  • ScottĀ Hippensteel

Part of the Advances in Military Geosciences book series (AMG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Scott Hippensteel
    Pages 1-27
  3. Igneous Rocks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 31-49
    3. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 51-77
    4. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 79-102
  4. Metamorphic Rocks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 105-116
    3. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 117-132
    4. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 133-153
  5. Sedimentary Rocks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 157-190
    3. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 191-212
    4. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 213-233
    5. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 235-264
    6. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 265-296
    7. Scott Hippensteel
      Pages 297-313
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-321

About this book


This book discusses the relationship between geology and fighting during the American Civil War. Terrain was largely determined by the underlying rocks and how the rocks weathered. This book explores the difference in rock type between multiple battlegrounds and how these rocks influenced the combat, tactics, and strategies employed by the soldiers and their commanding officers at different scales.


American Civil War Geology Geomorphology Antietam Gettysburg Fall Line Second Manassas Chickamauga Kennesaw Mountain Battles on rocky ground combat on high ground

Authors and affiliations

  • ScottĀ Hippensteel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geography and Earth SciencesUniversity of North CarolinaCharlotteUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-00876-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-00877-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-8315
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-8323
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