The Northern Railroads in the Civil War, 1861-1865

The Northern Railroads in the Civil War, 1861-1865

Thomas Weber
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/22/1999
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21321-1
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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.

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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

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"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. Gallagher

Author Bio

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.

Reviews

““ . . . eminently worthy of study by those interested in either railroads or the Civil War.” —The New York Times Book Review " . . . 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." —NMRA Bulletin Time has been very good to Thomas Weber’s premier account of the impact of the railroads on the American Civil War and vice versa. Although it has been out of print since the 1970s, it has never been out of demand. Weber’s analysis shows not only how the North was helped to victory through its effective use of the rails, but also how the war changed the way railroads were built, run and financed in the years after the war.”

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Table of Contents

I. The Northern Railroads at the Outbreak of the Civil War
II. Railroad Expansion During the War
III. Emergency Problems in 1861
IV. Effect of the War upon Railroad Business: The Northeast
V. Effect of the War upon Railroad Business: The East-West Trunk Lines
VI. Effect of the War upon Railroad Business: The Chicago Railroads
VII. The Movement for Regulatory Legislation
VIII. The New York-Washington Artery: Bone of Contention
IX. Government Achievements in Regulation
X. The United States Military Railroads: The Eastern Theater, to Gettysburg
XI. The United States Military Railroads: The Eastern Theater, 1864-1865
XII. The United States Military Railroads: The Western Theater, to 1864
XIII. The United States Military Railroads: Sherman in Georgia and the Carolinas
XIV. The War and the Railroads
Notes
Bibliography
Index