Rescue by Rail: Troop Transfer and the Civil War in the West, 1863

Synopsis

This is the story of the first great Federal troop movement by rail and of the corresponding Confederate transfer of General James Longstreet's troops a few weeks previously. The contrast between the two operations points up the Union advantages in technology, infrastructure, and mobility that would offset the Confederate advantage of interior lines. An important study of a critical movement, the work also benefits from an assembly of anecdotes and comments from the troops involved.