This book had its origins in a series of columns written for The Civil War News. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter and Kathryn Jorgensen of The Civil War News for giving me the venue to write that column and all the readers of that publication for their encouragement and constructive criticism over the years.
I would also like to thank someone I've never met. Ken Baumann, whose Arming the Suckers is a pioneering work which opened up sources of Illinois soldier commentary on firearms that would have taken years of research to plumb.
No work such as this can be the sole product of one individual. I have been fortunate to have a number of people lend a hand over the course of my research and writing. Bill Goble, Inspector General of the North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) gave continued encouragement and, more important, research advice. Bill also introduced me to Bill Adams, whose expertise in British and Confederate arms saved me from a number of errors. Bill's continuing research, along with that of Paul Davies and Earl J. Coates, all N-SSA members, will revolutionize much of the Civil War firearms knowledge we now accept as gospel.
I would also like to thank a number of other people who have supplied me with valuable research material, encouraged, and, on occasion argued with me—all to my benefit: Donald Bates, Tony Beck, Tom Berwick, John Bilby, Earl J. Coates,Tom Conroy, Jerry Decius, Steve DesMarais, Frank and Dave Dworak, Fred Everson, Robert F. Fisch, Neal Friedenthal, Harry Gaul, Steve Garratano, Jim Heayn, Charles R. Howard, John Huelskamp, John Jenkins, Tom Kelley, John Kuhl, Ben Maryniak, Dr. David Martin, Michael J. McAfee, Joe McAvoy, Andy Megill, Steve Meserve, Dennis Murphy, "Red" Meinecke, Rob Myers, Bill Nolze, Bill Osborne, Seward Osborne, Brian Pohanka, Harry Roach, John Rountree, Maurice A. Scully, Jr., Phil and Ed Seiss, Charles Smith