By Robert R. Hodges Jr., Peter Dennis
The yankee Civil struggle was once the world's first full-blown 'railroad war'. The well-developed community within the North was once of serious significance in serving the Union army's logistic wishes over lengthy distances, and the sparser assets of the South have been proportionately much more vital. either side invested nice efforts in raiding and wrecking enemy railroads and protecting and repairing their very own, and battles frequently revolved round strategic rail junctions. Robert Hodges unearths the exciting chases and pitched battles that made the railroad so harmful and led to a shockingly excessive casualty price. He describes the apparatus and strategies utilized by either side and the important helping components - upkeep works, telegraph strains, gas and water offers, in addition to garrisoned blockhouses to guard key issues. Full-color illustrations convey the fast moving motion to lifestyles during this interesting learn; essential quantity for either rail and Civil warfare fans.
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It was named for the capable Jonathan Letterman, Medical Director for the Army of the Potomac, one of whose many achievements involved the control of medical transportation. At the beginning of the war the Quartermaster Corps managed this, but Letterman saw to it that the Medical Department controlled its own ambulance wagons and hospital ships. The North built scores of hospital rail cars of various gauges. Some had seats that could be dropped down to form a bed, and others were designed to hold three tiers of litters bunk-style along both side walls.
Due to potential interest in black Confederates, one work on that subject is also included. , Civil War Railroads (Seattle, WA; Superior Publishing Co, 1961) Black, Robert C. , The Confederate Negro: Virginia's Craftsmen and Military Laborers, 1861-1865 (Tuscaloosa, AL; University of Alabama Press, 1969) Cumming, Kate, Kate: The Journal of a Confederate Nurse (Baton Rouge, LA; Louisiana State University Press, 1998. Rip of 1959 volume edited by Richard Barksdale Harwell) Haupt, Herman, Reminiscences of General Herman Haupt (Milwaukee, WI; Wright & Joys Co, 1901) Johnston, Angus J.
Like the cars, the trains also differed. One Union hospital train operating on the Nashville & Chattanooga line included three ambulance cars, three boxcars, one mail car, and one passenger car for patients who wanted to sit up. Another train included five ambulance cars, a kitchen car, a surgeon's car, a dispensary car, a passenger car, and a conductor's car. Of course, when a battle brought a heavy flood of casualties there were not enough specialty cars to provide the transportation, and medical officers had to load their patients onto anything that could move.
American Civil War Railroad Tactics (Elite 171) by Robert R. Hodges Jr., Peter Dennis