Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation

Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation

by Jeffry D. Wert


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Before the robber barons there were Civil War barons—a remarkable yet largely unknown group of men whose contributions won the war and shaped America's future.

The Civil War woke a sleeping giant in America, creating unprecedented industrial growth that not only supported the struggle but reshaped the nation.

Energized by the country's dormant potential and wealth of natural resources, individuals of vision, organizational talent, and capital took advantage of the opportunity that war provided. Their innovations sustained Union troops, affected military strategy and tactics, and made the killing fields even deadlier. Their ranks included men such as:

John Deere, whose plows helped feed large armies

Gail Borden, whose condensed milk nourished the Union army

The Studebaker Brothers, whose wagons moved war supplies from home front to war front

Robert Parrott, whose rifled cannon was deployed on countless battlefields.

and many others.

Individually, these men came to dominate industry and amass great wealth and power; collectively, they helped save the Union and refashion the economic fabric of a nation.

Utilizing extensive research in manuscript collections, company records, and contemporary newspapers, historian Jeffry D. Wert casts a revealing light on the individuals most responsible for bringing the United States into the modern age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306825125
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 625,685
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jeffry D. Wert is the award-winning author of nine previous books on Civil War topics, including Cavalryman of the Lost Cause and A Glorious Army. His articles and essays on the Civil War have appeared in many publications, including Civil War News, Civil War Times Illustrated, American History Illustrated, and Blue and Gray. A former history teacher at Penns Valley High School, he lives in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue Uncertain Giant 1

Chapter 1 Stirrings 9

Chapter 2 The Administrators 23

Chapter 3 The Visionary 39

Chapter 4 The Inventors 55

Chapter 5 The Improvisers 71

Chapter 6 The Patriots 91

Chapter 7 The Investors 107

Chapter 8 The Tinkerers 123

Chapter 9 The Dreamers 141

Chapter 10 The Opportunists 159

Chapter 11 The Builders 173

Epilogue Awakened Giant 191

Postscript 199

Abbreviations 211

Notes 213

Bibliography 245

Index 259

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