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By Robert R. Hodges Jr., Peter Dennis

The yank Civil battle was once the world's first full-blown 'railroad war'. The well-developed community within the North used to be 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 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 risky and led to an incredibly excessive casualty cost. He describes the apparatus and strategies utilized by either side and the very important assisting 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 existence during this interesting learn; vital quantity for either rail and Civil conflict fans.

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Roddy, assistant surgeon in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, took charge of 56 an ambulance train operating between Manassas and Richmond; Dr Roddy continued to run his train until he was captured in a Richmond hospital on April 3, 1865. He employed different nurses throughout the war, but at one point his staff included four free black men and two white men. Interestingly, free black men serving as nurses were paid $20 a month almost twice the wages of a white infantryman, who only drew $11 a month.

While working at a station on the Richmond & Danville line, Surgeon Wellford was ordered to take railroad officials and Confederate police and board every incoming passenger train to determine if the furloughed soldiers were fit for travel. Wellford stated that he had to board the freight trains as well since so many soldiers traveled on them. Some of the men escaped the doctor's control, no doubt preferring to recuperate or die at home. Early in the war medical personnel from both sides frequently placed their casualties in freight cars cushioned with nothing more than straw and blankets.

111 I of days. In 1864 the Flewellen Hospital spent five month in Barn' dl', ~I weeks in Opelika, nine days in Mobile, and two days in Corinth. Kate Cumming, who worked as a matron under Stout's jurisdiction, I ft an excellent diary describing her experiences with the Confederate mobile army hospitals. On her journey from Cherokee Springs to Newnan, GA, she remarked that there were too many trains to count. She compared the hospital movements to a contra dance, where the head couple has to jump to the foot, and she noticed that when the hospitals were ordered to pack up and leave it usually meant that the entire army was about to evacuate that sector.

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