American Civil War Railroad Tactics

American Civil War Railroad Tactics

Elite 171
  • Author: Robert R. Hodges Jr.
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: ELI 171
  • Publication Date: 10 Aug 2009
  • Number of Pages: 64
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The American Civil War was the world's first full-blown 'railroad war'. The well-developed network in the North was of great importance in serving the Union armies' logistic needs over long distances, and the sparser resources of the South were proportionately even more important. Both sides invested great efforts in raiding and wrecking enemy railroads and defending and repairing their own, and battles often revolved around strategic rail junctions. Robert Hodges reveals the thrilling chases and pitched battles that made the railroad so dangerous and resulted in a surprisingly high casualty rate. He describes the equipment and tactics used by both sides and the vital supporting elements - maintenance works, telegraph lines, fuel and water supplies, as well as garrisoned blockhouses to protect key points. Full-colour illustrations bring the fast-paced action to life in this fascinating read; a must-have volume for rail and Civil War enthusiasts.

Biographical Note

Robert Hodges was born and raised in the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. A lifelong student of the American Civil War, he has spent countless hours exploring battlefields, cemeteries, and other historic sites from Pennsylvania to Florida and Mississippi. Formally trained in history and philosophy, he has published historical articles in several well-known magazines. He also writes fiction and poetry.


* Introduction - the tactical role of railroads in the Civil War * The planners - General Haupt, and Robert E.Lee * Use of railroads to move infantry at speed * Rail batteries - heavy naval guns and mortars mounted on flatcars * Armed & armored trains - howitzer trains, rifle cars and monitors * The rail network - wrecking, and repairing tracks; supporting and protecting trains - water, fuel, blockhouses * Trains in battle * Conclusions - the contribution to operations

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