I was lucky enough to be an undergraduate in Dr. Earl Hess’s history courses, and he probably did more than anyone to get me started on a career in the field. I’m therefore a little predisposed to like his new book, which challenges a lot of well-worn assumptions about the influence of technology on Civil War tactics. But I’m not the only one who’s talking about The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat: Reality and Myth. Check out the buzz from Civil Warriors, Civil War Bookshelf, and TOCWOC. Better yet, order your own copy and see why he’s one of the finest Civil War scholars working today.