Category Logistics

Moving Mountains: A Study in Civil War Logistics

This book by Jonathan K. Rice seeks to unveil what it took to supply a Civil War army with what it needed to fight and to tells us how it all worked. In embarking on this journey, Rice has decided to metaphorically climb an extremely high mountain. It takes a great deal of detective work […]

Virginia at War 1864

This is another in the “Virginia at War” series edited by Professor James I. Robertson Jr. and William C Davis, brought to us by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and the University of Kentucky Press. Like the others in the series, this penultimate volume is a collection of essays representing what was the […]

Civil War Supply and Strategy

Professor Earl Hess is a publishing machine. It seems like he puts out a book every month with no sacrifice of quality. This book is no exception. It’s packed with great information and insight. He starts by talking about Major General William T. Sherman. “Imagine the greatly enlarged difficulties encountered when feeding an army group […]

Civil War Soldiers’ Nutrition and Hygiene

Here’s a decent discussion on nutrition and hygiene among Civil War soldiers between Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and John Heckman, aka “The Tattooed Historian.” The video’s description reads, “The National Museum of Civil War Medicine hosted an online discussion with John Heckman, known as ‘The Tattooed Historian,’ about Civil War soldiers’ nutrition and […]

NCWM Lessons in History Speaker Series: “Slave Labor at the Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond, VA”

Here’s Professor Mary DeCredico of the US Naval Academy giving a very informative lecture on how Tredegar Iron Works used enslaved labor to support the confederate war effort. She gave this lecture at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. The video’s description reads, “Lessons in History Speaker Series at The National Civil War […]

Cumberland Valley Railroad

Here’s Scott Mingus talking about the Cumberland Valley Railroad in Central Pennsylvania during the Civil War. Scott always gives a good presentation. The video’s description says, “Scott Mingus, co-author of Targeted Tracks, talked about the importance of the Cumberland Valley Railroad during the Civil War. This was a one-track railroad running from Hagerstown, Maryland, to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. […]

Gunpowder Manufacturing Between 1850-65

This is Major David Lambert, an instructor at the United States Military Academy, giving a lecture on gunpowder and its manufacture in the middle of the 19th Century, including the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “West Point history instructor Major David Lambert discussed how gunpowder was outsourced and manufactured in the mid-19th century. The […]

Civil War Logistics

I’ve previously been quoting from this book by Dr. Earl Hess in the Logistics series. He defines the parameters of his study in the Preface. “One can find many varied definitions of the word logistics, but this study adopts a simple and straightforward way of defining it. I focus on the transportation of men, material, […]

Lee’s Horse Supply

I posted a link to this article in 2014 [see here] At that time I didn’t include any excerpts, but this time I’m going to have a deeper discussion of what’s included. The article is from Charles W. Ramsdell and is titled, “General Robert E. Lee’s Horse Supply, 1862-1865.” It’s in Volume 35, No. 4, […]

Carrying the Load and Beef on the Hoof

This portion comes from Dr. Hess’s book, Civil War Logistics. Carrying the load refers to pack trains as well as to the soldiers themselves. The army had made use of mules for decades. They were aware of the mule’s capabilities as well as its problems. “A basic problem in managing pack mules was how to adjust […]