By Robert R. Hodges Jr., Peter Dennis
The yankee 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 vital. either side invested nice efforts in raiding and wrecking enemy railroads and protecting and repairing their very own, and battles frequently revolved round strategic rail junctions. Robert Hodges finds the exciting chases and pitched battles that made the railroad so risky and ended in an incredibly excessive casualty cost. He describes the gear and strategies utilized by each side and the important helping parts - upkeep works, telegraph strains, gasoline and water provides, in addition to garrisoned blockhouses to guard key issues. Full-color illustrations carry the fast moving motion to existence during this interesting learn; a must have quantity for either rail and Civil conflict fanatics.
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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. Sometimes the hospitals operated fairly close to one another, and Matron Cumming mentions that the Bragg Hospital rode on the same train as her own Newsom Hospital, which at times could accommodate 500 patients. While the bunks, mattresses, furniture, tents, medicines, most of the patients, and staff were crammed into the uncomfortable cars, one very important part of the hospital had to be left behind - the severely sick and wounded.
Patients also had to be fed; but while Civil War doctors knew that a proper diet was essential to health, they had an appallingly poor understanding of the causes of disease and infection. One Confederate doctor noted after the war that it was fortunate that he eventually ran out of sponges and had to resort to rags, since the sponges were loaded with germs that spread from one patient to the next. 3: Two medical officers - an assistant surgeon ranking as captain, and a surgeon ranking as major - confer with an infantry officer.
Each wagon had its own brake, and the brakeman had to climb up to the roof of baggage cars to turn the brakewheel by hand. S: Confederate surgeons were also expected to carry yellow hospital flags and red ambulance flags, and to display them conspicuously for easy identification. 6: Numerous charitable organizations across the North and South contributed to the war effort. Matron Kate Cumming often received food packages for her patients and staff from the Hebrew Military Aid Society based in her adopted hometown of Mobile, Alabama.