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Railroads in the Civil War

The Impact of Management on Victory and Defeat

by John E. Clark

Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War

275 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / 16 halftones, 6 maps

ebook available

Civil War

  Paperback / 9780807130155 / October 2004

By the time of the Civil War, the railroads had advanced to allow the movement of large numbers of troops even though railways had not yet matured into a truly integrated transportation system. Gaps between lines, incompatible track gauges, and other vexing impediments remained in both the North and South. As John E. Clark explains in this compelling study, the skill with which Union and Confederate war leaders met those problems and utilized the rail system to its fullest potential was an essential ingredient for ultimate victory. 

John E. Clark Jr. teaches American history at the Garrett Morgan Academy for Transportation and Technology, Paterson, New Jersey, Public Schools.

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