By Robert R. Hodges Jr., Peter Dennis
The yankee Civil battle used to be the world's first full-blown 'railroad war'. The well-developed community within the North was once of serious 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 usually revolved round strategic rail junctions. Robert Hodges unearths the exciting chases and pitched battles that made the railroad so risky and led to a shockingly excessive casualty expense. He describes the apparatus and strategies utilized by either side and the important helping parts - upkeep works, telegraph traces, gas and water provides, in addition to garrisoned blockhouses to guard key issues. Full-color illustrations carry the fast paced motion to existence during this interesting learn; essential quantity for either rail and Civil conflict lovers.
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Of those, 25,000 had to be evacuated to the rear, and some 60 per cent of the wounded also had to be sent back to the general hospitals in occupied Chattanooga. The Army of the Cumberland regularly ran three trains comprising 10-12 hospital cars each, apart from freight trains pressed into service as medical transports. The Medical Department set up a large mobile tent hospital, and every time the armies established new bases closer and closer to Atlanta and later Savannah the tent hospital was packed onto trains and sent forward.
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.
The Medical Department set up a large mobile tent hospital, and every time the armies established new bases closer and closer to Atlanta and later Savannah the tent hospital was packed onto trains and sent forward. During the fighting around Big Shanty, however, the Federals were in such a hurry to get their wounded out that they bypassed the forward surgical hospital and simply transferred the casualties from the field hospitals directly onto the trains. By the time the hapless soldiers had made the 36-hour, 100-mile journey to Chattanooga many of their wounds were already infected with gangrene.
American Civil War Railroad Tactics (Elite 171) by Robert R. Hodges Jr., Peter Dennis