Thursday, December 15, 2016

Civil War Logistics

There are many monographs floating around that analyze Civil War logistics as applied to specific campaigns, but I can't recall (at least at the moment) an existing standard work that broadly addresses the topic in scholarly fashion. Now it appears that Earl Hess will give it a go next September with Civil War Logistics: A Study of Military Transportation (LSU). Beyond his rare ability to produce top-notch scholarship at a nearly unbelievable pace, Earl Hess's body of work also appeals as a great mix of the familiar and the unique. A logistics study certainly shades toward the latter group. I am looking forward to reading it. LSU Press is really on a roll lately.


  1. I am already looking forward to this book. It's a subject needing to be covered & Hess is the author to do it. Would like to know of other titles on logistics & supply especially from the Confederate perspective. Jim

  2. Jim: I'd guess that portions of Hagerman's classic book The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare come closest but this appears to be more singularly focused on those issues. Drew may well know more about this, however.

  3. Has there been any word on his Stones River study that you had mentioned before? Mr. Hess is a very talented and prolific author to say the least. I am just finishing up with his study on Braxton Bragg and have come away with a new take on Bragg. Not quite sure how he seems to keep putting out such quality work at what seems to be an unstoppable pace, but who's complaining! Keep up the great work!

    1. Not that I've heard. The Bragg book and this upcoming logistics study both took me by surprise. I was expecting to see the Stones River battle study before anything new popped up.


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