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"The line between disorder and order lies in logistics...." -Sun Tzu
"Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics." - General Robert H. Barrow, USMC
wins wars. Logistics is the coordination of complex operations such as moving, housing and supplying troops and their equipment. War is the ultimate test of any logistician. During the Civil War, the Union troops fought almost the entire war in the South. Thomas F. Army, Jr. argues in his new book ''[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1421419378/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1421419378&linkCode=as2&tag=dailyh0c-20&linkId=e4bd474b63e3826a3b2dade42c573825 Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War]'' published by [https://www.press.jhu.edu/ Johns Hopkins University Press] that the Union's engineering prowess during Civil War gave it an distinct advantage over the Confederacy. Due to a superior education system, Northern armies had individuals who could use scientific ingenuity and innovation to rapidly build and repair roads, bridges, railways. Unlike the Confederacy, the Northern armies lacked the home field advantage. Dr. Army's delves deeply into a aspect of the Civil War that most other historians have only discussed in passing.
Dr. Thomas F. Army, Jr. is an adjunct professor at Quinebaug Valley Community College.
If southern armies could maintain the stalemate until November, a new president might try to negotiate an end to the war on southern terms. Remember McClellan was not favorably disposed to African American freedom. Yet, Sherman took Atlanta on September 1, 1864, Lincoln and the northern public had the victory needed, the president won the election and promised to prosecute the war for four more years. The Confederacy was finished. So if Sherman had been delayed three months before occupying a position to take Atlanta, the outcome of the election might have been different. Therefore, if Fort Henry had been built more carefully it would have delayed the Union army's capture of Nashville, and their subsequent advance into the Confederate heartland. Of course, Union engineering had everything to do with that advance and the successful campaigns that followed.
'''Why was the Confederacy unable to execute engineering operations comparable to the Union army?'''
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