By Robert R. Hodges Jr., Peter Dennis
The yank 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 very important. each side invested nice efforts in raiding and wrecking enemy railroads and protecting and repairing their very own, and battles usually revolved round strategic rail junctions. Robert Hodges unearths the exciting chases and pitched battles that made the railroad so risky and led to a shockingly excessive casualty expense. He describes the apparatus and strategies utilized by either side and the very important aiding parts - upkeep works, telegraph traces, gasoline and water provides, in addition to garrisoned blockhouses to guard key issues. Full-color illustrations convey the fast moving motion to existence during this interesting learn; essential quantity for either rail and Civil conflict lovers.
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Black men frequently served as ambulance-drivers and litter-bearers in the Confederate army. During various battles a significant number of black men working as teamsters for the Quartermaster Department were shifted to ambulance duty, transporting the wounded to waiting trains at wayside stations. 2: In addition to caring for the patients and supplying water, the nurses on board ambulance cars changed out the bedding, cleaned the car, and kept it stocked with fresh bandages. Patients also had to be fed; but while Civil War doctors knew that a proper diet was essential to health, they had an appallingly poor understanding of the causes of disease and infection.
After major engagements both sides usually lacked enough wagons and trains to carry the numerous casualties. Ideally, wounded soldiers at recently established wayside hospitals would not spend more than a couple of hours waiting for train transportation, but they were sometimes left without food, water, or medical attention for miserably long periods. Depending upon their location, some wayside hospitals existed for the duration of the war while others were merely temporary affairs. The North established several wayside hospitals in Frederick, MD, and after the battle of Sharpsburg the Frederick staffs received and treated the wounded for months.
Just days after Virginia officially seceded, "Stonewall" Jackson was ordered to secure Harper's Ferry. As Jackson and his troops sat along the B & 0 lines they watched loads of coal rolling from Cumberland to Washington, DC, but the Confederate government hesitated to destroy the B & 0 because many of the company's investors in Maryland were pro-Southern. Finally, in June 1861, the Richmond government turned Jackson loose, and the wrecking began. This picture, taken years after the war, shows an 0-8-0 camelback hauling a string of iron coal cars.
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