The Northern Railroads in the Civil War, 1861-1865
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The Northern Railroads in the Civil War, 1861-1865

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Time has been very good to Thomas Weber's Northern Railroads in the Civil War, 1861-1865. First published by Columbia University Press in 1952, it has been out of print since the 1970s, but never out of demand. It has emerged as the premier account of the impact of the railroads on the American Civil War and vice versa. Not only did the railroads materially help the north to victory through movement of troops and materiel, but the war materially changed the way railroads were built, run, financed, and organized in the crucial years following the war.We are still waiting (9/1/98) for the reviews to come from the author's files."Thomas Weber's study of northern railroads during the Civil War remains the obvious treatment of an important topic. His analysis rests on solid research and leaves no doubt that the North's excellent use of railroads contributed significantly to Union victory."-Gary W. Gallagher(shortened)"Thomas Weber's... analysis rests on solid research and leaves no doubt that the North's excellent use of railroads contributed significantly to Union victory."-Gary W. Gallaghershow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0253213215
  • 9780253213211
  • 1,299,658

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Thomas Weber's The Northern Railroads in the Civil War, 1861-1865 was first published by Columbia University Press in 1952. Out of print since the 1970s, it has never been out of demand. It has emerged as the premier account of the impact of the Northern railroads on the American Civil War and the corresponding impact of the war on railroad administration and construction. Not only were the railroads essential to the North's victory, facilitating the movement of troops and materiel, but the war changed the way railroads would be built, run, financed, and organized in the crucial postwar years.show more

About Thomas Weber

Thomas Weber, retired professor of history at Douglass College / Rutgers University, makes his home in Edison, New Jersey. He has two children and one grandchild.show more

Table of contents

I. The Northern Railroads at the Outbreak of the Civil WarII. Railroad Expansion During the WarIII. Emergency Problems in 1861IV. Effect of the War upon Railroad Business: The NortheastV. Effect of the War upon Railroad Business: The East-West Trunk LinesVI. Effect of the War upon Railroad Business: The Chicago RailroadsVII. The Movement for Regulatory LegislationVIII. The New York-Washington Artery: Bone of ContentionIX. Government Achievements in RegulationX. The United States Military Railroads: The Eastern Theater, to GettysburgXI. The United States Military Railroads: The Eastern Theater, 1864-1865XII. The United States Military Railroads: The Western Theater, to 1864XIII. The United States Military Railroads: Sherman in Georgia and the CarolinasXIV. The War and the RailroadsNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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