Jack W. Melton, Jr. is the foremost respected authority on Civil War artillery and is known for his historical accuracy. He has co-authored four books on the American Civil War, Field Artillery Ordnance 1861-1865, Melton & Pawl’s Guide to Civil War Artillery Projectiles, In The Line Of Fire and Confederate Bowie Knives. He has consulted on another nineteen military artifact reference books which topics include accoutrements, uniforms and equipment, edged weapons, Bowie knives, belt buckles, firearms and artillery. He created CivilWarArtillery.com, the largest website of its kind in the world. He has been an active collector of Civil War-World War II and military artifacts since 1974 and his expertise is sought out by enthusiasts around the world to identify, document, appraise and photograph their antique military collectibles.

He is a professional photographer with thousands of stock military artifact photographs published and almost one hundred Civil War magazine and book covers to his credit. He graduated with honors from the Southeastern Center for the Arts in Atlanta after completing their Professional Photography Program. His work combines fully integrated, cutting edge photographic and computer equipment to achieve state of the art imagery. Freelance photographer for Civil War Times, America's Civil War, Man at Arms for the Gun and Sword Collector and other nationally award winning Civil War magazines, a contract photographer for the Atlanta History Center and for the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. He is a member of the prestigious American Society of Arms Collectors, Life member of The Company of Military Historians, Ohio Valley Military Society, Past-President 2012-2013 of the respected Civil War Round Table of Atlanta, and received his appraisal accreditation from The International Society of Appraisers (ISA).

My Linkedin profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jackmelton?_mSplash=1

Jack has provided photographic and/or consulting assistance to:

Books
Eyewitness to Civil War and America’s Lost Treasures — National Geographic
Photography and the American Civil War — by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Georgia's Confederate Sons, Volume I
Civil War Cartridge Boxes — by Paul Johnson
Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates — by Steve Mullinax & Michael O'Donnell
American Military Belt Plates — by Michael O'Donnell
Louis Froelich: Arms-Maker to the Confederacy — by John W. McAden, Jr. and Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr.
Confederate Bowie Knives — by Jack Melton, Josh Phillips and John Sexton
Affordable Shotguns 1875-1945 — by Nick Niles
Melton & Pawl's Guide to Civil War Artillery Projectiles — by Jack W. Melton, Jr. and Lawrence E. Pawl
Field Artillery Ordnance 1861-1865 — by Jack W. Melton, Jr. and Lawrence E. Pawl

Magazines
Artilleryman
Georgia Backroads
Civil War Times
America’s Civil War
Garden & Gun
Man at Arms Gun & Sword Collector
Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting

Publishers
The New York Times
The Civil War Trust
The Weider History Group
Thomas Publications, Inc.
McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers
O'Donnell Publications
Mowbray Publishing, Inc.
Potomac Publishing Co.
SlapDash Publishing, LLC
University of West Georgia Press

Museums, Auction Houses, Catalogs
Atlanta History Center
James D. Julia, Inc. Auctioneers
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau, Alaska
Old Courthouse Museum, Winchester, Virginia
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
U.S. National Park Service — Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Kennesaw Mountain

Television Programs
History Channel — Mythbusters, American Pickers
PBS — History Detectives
Discovery Channel — Auction Kings