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American Civil War: Support Services of the Union Army

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American Civil War

Support Services of the Union Army

  • by Rodger Woltjer
  • Merriam Press American Civil War Series
    • First Edition 2017
    • 826 7x10-inch pages
    • 228 photos/illustrations

“We are entirely out of rations and ammunition. The former we need to feed our brave men, and the later to feed the enemy.” —Colonel Charles Jennison, First Brigade, First Division, Army of the Border, October 23, 1864.

Military support is no easy task whenever and wherever it occurs. The American Civil War was no exception. Support Services of the Union Army identifies the many accomplishments and sometimes failures of the support rendered to the men who endured this horrific conflict between the North and South. It’s easy to marvel at the ingenuity and tenacity that kept the supply lines moving using horses, mules, oxen, trains, and ships over the often times rugged and unfamiliar terrain and  treacherous waters.

This work highlights the Union military service departments so essential for the conduct of war and actual events that occurred during the American Civil War. The documented events are in the words of the Union military men that prosecuted the war.

Contents

Introduction
The Departments
Quartermaster
Subsistence
Ordnance
Medical
Pay
Engineer
Summary
American Civil War: Support Services by Years of The War
1860
1861
1862
1863
1864
1865
Bibliography
Index

The Author

Rodger Woltjer lived most of his life in or near Grand Rapids, MI. Resides currently in Georgia. He has been married for more than fifty years to his wife, Kathy. They have three grown daughters and three talented grandchildren. Woltjer earned a BS degree in chemistry and history and a MA degree in Secondary Education. He was employed briefly as an industrial chemist, then taught on the secondary and college levels until retirement. Simultaneously, served in the Army Reserves for 32 years. He completed the Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the Army Command & General Staff Course, and the Air Force War College. Woltjer’s military experience was in Operations and Training, Instructor for the Army Command & General Staff Course, and a joint service assignment in Emergency Preparedness. He retired as a colonel. Other writings include Civil War Era Fortifications, self-published as CD-ROM, and The Honor of His Service about his father’s military career focusing on his service with the 32nd Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Military history is his interest.

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