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 used to be of significant 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. either 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 finds the exciting chases and pitched battles that made the railroad so harmful and led to an incredibly excessive casualty fee. He describes the apparatus and strategies utilized by each side and the 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 paced motion to lifestyles during this interesting learn; vital quantity for either rail and Civil warfare fans.
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The existing quartermaster records show that Dr Roddy rented four rooms in Richmond and requisitioned 31/2 cords of fuel wood monthly, which would indicate that his nurses lived with him. The state of Georgia drafted a resolution allowing a hospital train to run regularly on the Western & Atlantic Railroad. Assistant Surgeon Francis Dennis took charge of the train, but unlike Roddy, Dennis and his staff spent the war at various locations including rented rooms in Allatoona and Marietta, GA, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
While the company's lines, workshops, and stations lay south of the Mason-Dixon Line, Maryland, northern Virginia, and soon-tobe West Virginia were highly contested areas due to the location of the US capital. The B & 0 became the hardest-hit private carrier serving the North. 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.
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. Following the battle of Gettysburg more than 4,000 Union casualties were too badly injured to move, so the medical staff set up a facility known as Letterman Hospital, which remained for four months along the rail line east of town. It was named for the capable Jonathan Letterman, Medical Director for the Army of the Potomac, one of whose many achievements involved the control of medical transportation.