Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors – Press Release


Speir’s Artillery Manual is the Definitive Work for Reenactors, Living Historians, Ceremonial Artillerists, and those interested in Using Antique Artillery Safely.

Progressive Rising Phoenix Press is proud to announce the release of Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors, the definitive work on the subject by Award-Winning Author William Speir. The book is based on decades of experience keeping Civil War Artillery Reenactors safe and historically accurate. Anyone who serves as part of an artillery crew using muzzle-loading artillery, and anyone interested in the hobby of Civil War Artillery Reenacting, should have this book!

This single volume textbook, based on earlier works by the author, includes information on the nomenclature, ordnance, deployment, command, personnel, and drills for Muzzle-Loading Artillery used in America between 1812 and 1865. The primary focus of this textbook is on Field Artillery – the most common type of Muzzle-Loading Artillery portrayed by reenactors, living historians, and ceremonial units. Drills for Mortars, Naval Artillery, and Heavy Artillery are also included for reenacting groups, living historians, and ceremonial units who use these types of artillery in their portrayals.

About the Author:

William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a recipient of The Honourable Order of St. Barbara award from the United States Army and The Ancient Order of St. Barbara award from the Royal Hutt River Army Artillery.

For over 20 years, William Speir has been a Civil War Artillery Reenactor, Chief of Artillery, and Muzzle-Loading Artillery Instructor. In 2004, he wrote a series of Muzzle-Loading Artillery Manuals for the Loyal Train of Artillery Chapter of the United States Field Artillery Association’s Artillery School Instructor Cadre (LTAC-USFAA) and for the Royal Hutt River Military College School of Artillery (RHRMC-SOA). In 2011, new editions of these manuals were produced and were made available to the general public for the first time.

William Speir is also an award-winning novelist, writing books in the historical fiction, action adventure, fantasy, and science fiction genres. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at

Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors is available in case-laminate hardcover from the publisher, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, online retailers and select stores. Title is available for wholesale discounts to schools, libraries, non-profits, retailers, and vendors through Progressive Rising Phoenix Press or Ingram/LSI.

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About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at
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