American Civil War Railroad Tactics (Elite 171) by Robert R. Hodges Jr., Peter Dennis

By Robert R. Hodges Jr., Peter Dennis

The yankee Civil struggle used to be the world's first full-blown 'railroad war'. The well-developed community within the North used to be of significant value in serving the Union army's logistic wishes over lengthy distances, and the sparser assets of the South have been proportionately much more vital. each 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 finds the exciting chases and pitched battles that made the railroad so harmful and led to a shockingly excessive casualty cost. He describes the gear and strategies utilized by each side and the very important assisting components - upkeep works, telegraph strains, gasoline and water offers, in addition to garrisoned blockhouses to guard key issues. Full-color illustrations convey the fast paced motion to lifestyles during this attention-grabbing learn; a must have quantity for either rail and Civil warfare fans.

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Doctors were frequently left behind to care for the severely wounded, which meant inevitable capture; wishing to be recognizable as non-combatants, they made sure that they had their identifying green sashes. 4: In the days before automatic brakes and couplers the brakemen held the most dangerous job on the train. In peace and wartime alike they frequently fell to their deaths, and the trainmen who had to join cars with the old link-and-pin couplers often had a few fingers missing. Each wagon had its own brake, and the brakeman had to climb up to the roof of baggage cars to turn the brakewheel by hand.

Rip of Johns Hopkins Press 1968 edn) At center, behind the man in the top hat, lie the burned remains of an Orange & Alexandria RR train. The better part ofthe iocomotive has survived, but the rest has been reduced to axies and wheels. (LC) 63 INDEX References to illustrations are shown in bold. Plates are shown with page locators in brackets. ambulancc cars 55,56,57, H(58), 59, 60 ambulance trains/wagons 54,56-7,60 amlllunition trains, destruction of 20 armor, types of "corron-bale" 19,21,22, C3(B), 24, F(46),47 sheer-iron 10, A2(11), 26, 28 arrillery 16,21,22, Cl-3(B), 28-9, 30, 43, 44 Adanric & orrh Carolina Railroad IS baggage cars 16,52, H(58), 59 balloons, rail rransporr of 50, Gl(51), 52 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad 6,8,8,9,9,26, D(27), 28-9, 3],32,40,43,45, F(46), 47, 62,62 barberre carriages 22, C3(B) barges, carriage of rolling srock 14 Borrom's Bridge 54 boxcars 6,8,8,9,38,50, G(51), 56 usc of 8,9, n, 14, 16,22, C(23), 26, 0(27),44,59,60,61 brakeman's hrll1d wheel/ladder 9,38 brakemen, role of H(58),59 Burnside's Wharf ] 6 casemares (rail barreries) 19,20,26,0(27) casualries 55,56,57,57, H(58), 59-60 Charlesron & Savannah Railroad 47-8 Ciry Poinr railroad yard 5,7-8, 10,12 coal cars 6,9, 16,62 coal, hauling/usc of 4,6,40,62 command cars 52-3 commiSS3f)' wagons 56, 59-60 communications links, setting up of 37 conducrors (cars) 6,31,48,56 Confederacy/Sourh: rail sysrem 5, '15-16 construction of connecting lines 9 effecrs of embargo/blockade 9,16,40 employmenr of black men 38-9,38 influence of stare governments 8-9 strategic imporrance of 8-9 track gauges 6 warrime speeds of loco1l1orivcs t 2 Confederare avy 9, 19,20,21,22,24, 25,50, G(51) construction crcwslrrains 26,29,33, E(34), 35-7,38 Cumberland engagemenr 26,0(27),28-9 CUlllming, Matron Kate 52,59,60,6\ demolirion men (bridges) 31,31 dispcnS3f)' and dump cars 6, 56 engineer soldiers E(34),35 field arrillery/guns B(18), 19, 19, 20, 24, 25,28, F(46), 47 on railroad cars 17, 21, 22, Cl-3(23) Finegan, BrigGen Joseph (C) 22, 24, 24 flarbeds (seven-axle) 22, C3(B) flarcars 5,6,22, Cl-2(23), 25, 26, 28, 33, E(34), 35, 36, 44, 47-8, 49, 50, G 1-2(51),55 Florida, Arlantic & Gulf Cenrral Railroad 22,24 forrificarions (rail defense) 29,42,43-4, 43,44, F(46), 47 Fredericksburg, barrie of (1862) 33,37 freighr cars 5,50, G1(5]), 57, 59, 61 guardhouses 36,43,49 gucrrillasl"partisan rangers" 52 gunboars 14, 2], 22, 44, 50, 52 handcars 'IS, E(34), 35, 42-3, 53-4, 53 Haupt, BrigGcn Herman 7,8,26,28,30-1,31, ATED TITLES 33, E(34), 35, 35, 36,39,44,49-50 horse-teams 12,15,3'1 hospiral cars/rrains 10, A(]]), 54-8, H(58), 59-6'1,59 hospiral flags H(58), 59 hospital stewards, sleeve insignia 57 hospiral renrs 20 house cars as rolling bombs F(46),47 howirzer cars 17, 22, Cl(23), 25, E(34), 35 Illinois Cenrral Railroad H ironclad carslrrains 4, B(18), 19,22, C2(23), 26,0(27),28-9 Jackson, Cell Thomas "Stonewall" 13,31, 44,45,52,62 Lee, Gen Roberr E.

During a battle, doctors established field hospitals just out of range of enemy artillery. In theory, the wounded were carried back to the field hospitals for immediate treatment, and from there they were sent by horsedrawn ambulance and commissary wagons to an evacuation or "wayside" hospital on a railroad line, usually close enough to the rail station that the wounded could be transferred by litter (stretcher). Trains transported the wounded to general hospitals in Richmond, Lynchburg, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and many other locations North and South.

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