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American Civil War Railroad Tactics

Author : Robert R. Hodges Jr.
ISBN : 9781846038891
Genre : History
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The American Civil War was the world's first full-blown 'railroad war'. The well-developed network in the North was of great importance in serving the Union armies' logistic needs over long distances, and the sparser resources of the South were proportionately even more important. Both sides invested great efforts in raiding and wrecking enemy railroads and defending and repairing their own, and battles often revolved around strategic rail junctions. Robert Hodges reveals the thrilling chases and pitched battles that made the railroad so dangerous and resulted in a surprisingly high casualty rate. He describes the equipment and tactics used by both sides and the vital supporting elements – maintenance works, telegraph lines, fuel and water supplies, as well as garrisoned blockhouses to protect key points. Full-colour illustrations bring the fast-paced action to life in this fascinating read; a must-have volume for rail and Civil War enthusiasts.
Category: History

Railroad Generalship Foundations Of Civil War Strategy Illustrated Edition

Author : Dr. Christopher R. Gabel
ISBN : 9781782895695
Genre : History
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Includes 4 figures, 13 maps and 4 tables. Renowned Military Historian Dr Christopher Gabel investigates the effects of the Railroad on the strategies employed by both the Union and Confederate Generals of the Civil War. According to an old saying, “amateurs study tactics: professionals study logistics.” Any serious student of the military profession will know that logistics constantly shape military affairs and sometimes even dictate strategy and tactics. This excellent monograph by Dr. Christopher Gabel shows that the appearance of the steam-powered railroad had enormous implications for military logistics, and thus for strategy, in the American Civil War. Not surprisingly, the side that proved superior in “railroad generalship,” or the utilization of the railroads for military purposes, was also the side that won the war.
Category: History

The Railroad And The Civil War 1860s

Author : Tamra Orr
ISBN : 9781612283630
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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The Civil War tore a hole in the country, creating a wound that was almost impossible to heal. At a time when the two sides of the nation were still struggling to accept the war’s casualties, something else came along to unite the county again. It was the Transcontinental Railroad—a line of train tracks stretching from one side of the war–torn country to the next. Read about the battle to find the best route for the rails, and discover how laborers survived drilling through mountain peaks and the onslaught of winter blizzards. Meet the people who persevered to accomplish this railroad, including the determined Mormon workers, the Irish immigrants, and thousands of Chinese workers. Also find out about the scandals and the huge impact of the rails on the lives of countless Native Americans.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Placenames Of The Civil War

Author : John D. Bennett
ISBN : 9780786490783
Genre : History
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Despite the plethora of books about the Civil War, the origins of many of the placenames associated with the conflict remain a mystery. This gazetteer provides information on nearly 1600 sites, including not only locations of battles and skirmishes but also hospitals, prison camps, military academies, factories and navy yards, both North and South. Also listed are islands, rivers, creeks, fords, ferries and railroad stations, as well as many temporary fort and camp names. From Abbeville, Georgia, where Jefferson Davis stopped in May 1865 days before his capture near Irwinville, to Yorktown, Virginia, which was besieged by General George B. McClellan at the start of the Peninsula campaign, entries explain the origin of each placename and its wartime connections. An appendix listing town and city population figures from the 1860 census completes this informative supplement for Civil War scholars and enthusiasts.
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The American Civil War

Author : Robert A. Doughty
ISBN : UOM:49015002612506
Genre : History
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This section of Doughty et al.' s larger text, Warfare in the Western World, explores how operational developments and technological improvements, such as the rifled weapon and the railroad, led to the concept of total war.
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The American Civil War And The Origins Of Modern Warfare

Author : Edward Hagerman
ISBN : 0253207150
Genre : History
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" . . . a major contribution to our knowledge of the place of the Civil War in the history of warfare. . . . I have long hoped for a sound history of Civil War military staffs . . . I need hope no more; Hagerman has covered this subject also, with the same assured expertness that he gives to tactics and technology." --Russell F. Weigley " . . . this fine book deserves a place on the shelves of all military historians in this country and abroad." --American Historical Review " . . . a first rate book . . . impressive . . . an imposing work . . . " --Journal of American History "This book is filled with enlightening information. . . . ought to be a standard for many years to come and should be required reading for any serious Civil War military historian." --Journal of Southern History
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Technology And The Civil War

Author : Shane Mountjoy
ISBN : 9781604130379
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Describes the developing technologies explored and implemented during the Civil War, including exploding shells, hot air balloons, anesthesia, land mines, submarines, and the telegraph.
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Six Gems Of Forgotten Civil War History

Author : Frank W. Sweet
ISBN : 9780939479023
Genre : History
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Historian reenactor Sweet presents six Civil War tales: "The Minstrel Show," "The Longstreet Controversy," "America: War Service of a Racing Yacht," "Yulee's Railroad," "The Evolution of Rifle Tactics," and "The Evolution of Indirect Fire."
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Lexington Quarterly

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ISBN : NWU:35556034536920
Genre : Railroads
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The Civil War

Author : Jim Ollhoff
ISBN : 9781614784203
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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The American Civil War continues to be one of the most significant events in US history. In this title, readers will examine the weapons large and small used by both Union and Confederate forces in the war. Engaging text introduces readers to the new ironclad ships and submarines built for battle and the roles they played in military campaigns. Chapters also highlight common personal weapons, such as swords, guns, and bayonets, and the development of bombs, mines, and cannons that were implemented into battle tactics. Additionally, readers will explore the impact of newer technologies such as railroads and telegraphs during the war. ABDO & Daughters is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
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The Browning Automatic Rifle

Author : Robert R. Hodges Jr.
ISBN : 9781780964102
Genre : History
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For nearly fifty years the hard-hitting, mobile Browning Automatic Rifle, or BAR, served in US infantry units as a light squad automatic “base of fire” weapon, providing quick bursts of concentrated fire. Designed in World War One, it didn't reach the front until September 1918. In the interwar years US forces used the BAR across the world, from China to Nicaragua. It also became a favorite of notorious gangsters like Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who prized its ability to punch through police armored cars. At the outset of World War II the US armed forces decided to adapt the BAR for a light machine gun role. The BAR was not without its flaws; it was heavy and difficult to dismantle and reassemble, and it didn't cope well with sustained fire. Nevertheless, the BAR saw action in every major theater of World War II and went on to be used in Korea and in the opening stages of the Vietnam War. Featuring arresting first-hand accounts, specially drawn full-color artwork and close-up photographs, many in color, this lively study offers a vivid portrait of this powerful, long-lived and innovative weapon that saw service with US and other forces across the world for much of the 20th century.
Category: History

American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics

Author : Sean McLachlan
ISBN : 1846034949
Genre : History
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Osprey's examination of guerilla tactics employed during the American Civil War (1861-1865). While the giant armies of the Union and the Confederacy were fighting over cities and strategic strongholds, a large number of warriors from both sides were fighting, smaller, more personal battles. Beginning with the violent struggle known as "Bleeding Kansas," armed bands of irregular fighters began to wage war in every corner of the United States. Many of the names of their commanders have become legendary, including William Quantrill, "Bloody Bill" Anderson, and John S. Mosby, "The Grey Ghost." To their own people they were heroes; to others they were the first of a new generation of wild west outlaw. Their tactics including robbing banks and trains, kidnapping soldiers and civilians, rustling cattle, and cutting telegraph lines. In fact, it is during the violence of the war that many of America's future outlaw legends would be born, most notably Cole Younger and Frank and Jesse James. In this book, new Osprey author Sean McLachlan explores the varied and often daring tactics employed by these famous warriors.
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Daily Life In Civil War America

Author : Dorothy Denneen Volo
ISBN : 0313305161
Genre : History
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The United States Civil War touched the lives of every American North and South at that time. This informative book makes extensive use of journals, newspapers, and diaries to bring together the experience of the soldier, civilian, and slave in one volume. What the soldiers ate, how they lived, and what they did for entertainment are discussed in detail. The experiences of Billy Yank and Johnny Reb are contrasted with activities on the homefront to bring this turbulent era alive for students, teachers, and Civil War buffs.
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The American Civil War

Author : Christopher J. Olsen
ISBN : 0374707316
Genre : History
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Succinct, with a brace of original documents following each chapter, Christopher J. Olsen's The American Civil War is the ideal introduction to American history's most famous, and infamous, chapter. Covering events from 1850 and the mounting political pressures to split the Union into opposing sections, through the four years of bloodshed and waning Confederate fortunes, to Lincoln's assassination and the advent of Reconstruction, The American Civil War covers the entire sectional conflict and at every juncture emphasizes the decisions and circumstances, large and small, that determined the course of events.
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Edinburgh Companion To Twentieth Century British And American War Literature

Author : Adam Piette
ISBN : 9780748653935
Genre : History
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The first reference book to deal so fully and incisively with the cultural representations of war in 20th-century English and US literature and film. The volume covers the two World Wars as well as specific conflicts that generated literary and imaginativ
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The Iron Way

Author : William G. Thomas
ISBN : 9780300171686
Genre : History
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How railroads both united and divided us: “Integrates military and social history…a must-read for students, scholars and enthusiasts alike.”—Civil War Monitor Beginning with Frederick Douglass’s escape from slavery in 1838 on the railroad, and ending with the driving of the golden spike to link the transcontinental railroad in 1869, this book charts a critical period of American expansion and national formation, one largely dominated by the dynamic growth of railroads and telegraphs. William G. Thomas brings new evidence to bear on railroads, the Confederate South, slavery, and the Civil War era, based on groundbreaking research in digitized sources never available before. The Iron Way revises our ideas about the emergence of modern America and the role of the railroads in shaping the sectional conflict. Both the North and the South invested in railroads to serve their larger purposes, Thomas contends. Though railroads are often cited as a major factor in the Union’s victory, he shows that they were also essential to the formation of “the South” as a unified region. He discusses the many—and sometimes unexpected—effects of railroad expansion, and proposes that America’s great railroads became an important symbolic touchstone for the nation’s vision of itself. “In this provocative and deeply researched book, William G. Thomas follows the railroad into virtually every aspect of Civil War history, showing how it influenced everything from slavery’s antebellum expansion to emancipation and segregation—from guerrilla warfare to grand strategy. At every step, Thomas challenges old assumptions and finds new connections on this much-traveled historical landscape."—T.J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
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America S Civil War

Author : Tim McNeese
ISBN : 9780787705848
Genre : History
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America's Civil War provides a detailed overview of the cultural and ideological landscape of post-colonial America that set the stage for war, and vividly describes the course of the conflict that took more American lives than any war in history and altered the course of the nation. Emphasis is placed on the fierce cultural and economic rivalry between the industrial North and the agricultural South and the pivotal rift concerning slavery that led to this irrepressible and bloody fight. The lives of common soldiers, the weapons and methods of warfare, the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, and the role of other significant political and military leaders are among the topics discussed as well as the abolitionist movement, the underground railroad, and dramatic figures such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown. Challenging review questions encourage meaningful reflection and historical analysis. Maps, tests, answer key, and extensive bibliography are included.
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Voices Of The American Civil War

Author : Kendall F. Haven
ISBN : 156308905X
Genre : History
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Features twenty-seven personal accounts of the Civil War from such Americans as Meriam Dean, Michael Ryan, and John Mercer Langston, representing both the North and the South and each experiencing the Civil War first-hand.
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The American Civil War

Author : Steven E. Woodworth
ISBN : 0313290199
Genre : History
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A revealing look at the Japanese through the window of their contemporary culture.
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The Longest Night

Author : David J Eicher
ISBN : 9780743218467
Genre : History
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Like no other conflict in our history, the Civil War casts a long shadow onto modern America," writes David Eicher. In his compelling new account of that war, Eicher gives us an authoritative modern single-volume battle history that spans the war from the opening engagement at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox (and even beyond, to the less well-known but conclusive surrender of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith in Galveston, Texas, on June 2, 1865). Although there are other one-volume histories of the Civil War -- most notably James M. McPherson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, which puts the war in its political, economic, and social context -- The Longest Night is strictly a military history. It covers hundreds of engagements on land and sea, and along rivers. The Western theater, often neglected in accounts of the Civil War, and the naval actions along the coasts and major rivers are at last given their due. Such major battles as Gettysburg, Antietam, and Chancellorsville are, of course, described in detail, but Eicher also examines lesser-known actions such as Sabine Pass, Texas, and Fort Clinch, Florida. The result is a gripping popular history that will fascinate anyone just learning about the Civil War while at the same time offering more than a few surprises for longtime students of the War Between the States. The Longest Night draws on hundreds of sources and includes numerous excerpts from letters, diaries, and reports by the soldiers who fought the war, giving readers a real sense of life -- and death -- on the battlefield. In addition to the main battle narrative, Eicher analyzes each side's evolving strategy and examines the tactics of Lee, Grant, Johnston, Sherman, and other leading figures of the war. He also discusses such militarily significant topics as prisons, railroads, shipbuilding, clandestine operations, and the expanding role of African Americans in the war. The Longest Night is a riveting, indispensable history of the war that James McPherson in the Foreword to this book calls "the most dramatic, violent, and fateful experience in American history."
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