Tag Archives: Logistics

Railroads – The Virginia Central Railroad: A Target For Union Raids

The Virginia Central Railroad was chartered as the Louisa Railroad in 1836 by the Virginia Board of Public Works. The name was changed to the Virginia Central Railroad in 1850. It ran from westward from Richmond and ended in Gordonsville, … Continue reading

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Civil War Railroads: An Overview

As we discuss Civil War railroads this month, let’s start out with some basic concepts. It is important to remember that this was new technology when war broke out. No general, North or South, had ever used railroads in wartime … Continue reading

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Saving General Thomas’ Rations

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Andrew Miller A general needs his rations like any soldier in the army. Even more important is maintaining a well fed staff as they perform innumerable duties to guarantee that the general’s orders are … Continue reading

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Campfire Cooking: Campaign Diets & Not-So-Fine Dining

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Michael Aubrecht Despite being necessary for survival, food for the typical Civil War soldier was unreliable fare. Whether marching on campaign or hunkered down in winter quarters, a soldier’s dining habits were often dictated by what … Continue reading

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ECW Digital Shorts – Supplies are the Great Question

At a gathering of Civil War historians I once overheard the statement: “Amateurs study tactics, pros study logistics.” Many would rightfully disagree, but it is certain that many eschew digging into the tedious logistical quagmire in preference to the more compelling … Continue reading

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