American Civil War Railroad Tactics

American Civil War Railroad Tactics


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American Civil War Railroad Tactics by Robert R. Hodges Jr., Peter Dennis

Osprey's study of the battles fought on America's railroads during the Civil War 91861-1865). 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 army's 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-color illustrations bring the fast-paced action to life in this fascinating read; a must-have volume for both rail and Civil War enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846034527
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/18/2009
Series: Elite
Edition description: Original
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

A first-time author for Osprey Publishing, Robert Hodges has published extensive magazine articles on this subject.

Table of Contents

* Introduction - the tactical role of railroads in the Civil War * The planners - General Haupt, and Robert E.Lee * Use of railroads to move infantry at speed * Rail batteries - heavy naval guns and mortars mounted on flatcars * Armed & armored trains - howitzer trains, rifle cars and monitors * The rail network - wrecking, and repairing tracks; supporting and protecting trains - water, fuel, blockhouses * Trains in battle * Conclusions - the contribution to operations

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