Academic journal article Military Review

SUPPLY FOR TOMORROW MUST NOT FAIL: The Civil War of Captain Simon Perkins, Jr., a Union Quartermaster

Academic journal article Military Review

SUPPLY FOR TOMORROW MUST NOT FAIL: The Civil War of Captain Simon Perkins, Jr., a Union Quartermaster

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SUPPLY FOR TOMORROW MUST NOT FAIL: The Civil War of Captain Simon Perkins, Jr., a Union Quartermaster, Lenette S. Taylor, Kent State University Press, Ohio, 2004, 240 pages, $35.00.

Every U.S. military officer has heard the stories, visited the battlefields, and read countless articles and books about the American Civil War. We normally focus our studies on the great campaigns, acts of heroism, and colorful leaders of that conflict. Unfortunately, we rarely consider the immense effort required to provision and support those enormous armies in the field. Supply for Tomorrow Must Not Fail will certainly help fill that gap. The book is a "must" for logistics officers as well as serious students of the American Civil War.

Captain Simon Perkins, Jr., a Union Quartermaster in the Western Theater, left behind a trove of records of his service during the Civil War. Lenette S. Taylor used Perkins' personal records and detailed research to write a book that clearly demonstrates the fantastic complexities of a logistics officer during the war. The book's level of detail is remarkable, and the author does an excellent job of keeping the specific experiences of Perkins in the proper context to the overall campaign.

The book's lessons provide quality insight for logisticians supporting the Global War on Terrorism. …

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