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Victory Rode the Rails: The Strategic Place of the Railroads in the Civil War Paperback – September 1, 1992
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I found the early chapters that discuss how the socio-economic environment, created in large part by the railroad, helped foster the events leading to the outbreak of hostilities particularly insightful. The chapters describing the events that took place around Washington and Baltimore in the early years of the war are incredible. Turner's tight prose describing the political shenanigans and war profiting in the Lincoln cabinet shows that little has changed in Washington in the 125 years
I only wish that the book contained better maps of the regions covered.
This book is a must read for American Civil War historians and rail buffs
Grant beat Lee, as he had already beaten every commander the Rebels could throw at him in the west, by recognizing the mechanics of the new warfare. Grant's victory at Vicksburg was above all a triumph of military engineering, and Vicksburg was of course the battle that saved the war. Lee made what he could out of the Virginia railroads, particularly in hastening back and forth to Harper's Ferry, but the effort to keep openthe single rail supply line from the south to Richmond consumed more forces than the Secessionists could afford. The defense of Richmond was a huge and telling mistake from the logistical prospect of modern warfare. Lee fought Napoleon's battles; Grant fought Eisenhower's. Ironically, at Antietam and Gettysburg, mediocre generals beat Lee at his own game, leaving nothing for Grant but the bloody mopping up of the Slaveocracy's desperate stubbornness.
From the early skirmishes in Baltimore to the final rail movements surrounding the surrender at Appomattox, Turner does a magnificent job of making the railroads of the 1860s come to life. By keeping his focus on the railroads and their role in the various campaigns, Turner highlights a side of the war that is commonly glossed over in histories that focus on battle tactics.
Starting with the differing North/South attitudes towards railroads prior to the war, which left the CSA with a rail network that was ill prepared for the rapid dispersal of troops and supplies that the war required, Turner celebrates the business plans, engineering feats and supply marvels that allowed the Northern commanders to continue their advances even as Southern troops worked to destroy the rails, and vice versa.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Turner offers a retelling of the major campaigns of the American Civil War with an emphasis on the importance of railroads. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Magnitude
I found this book to be too much micro-focused.
the book could have been improved with a better use of maps, they should have:
been on a larger scale, showing... Read more