A Brief Look at Those Who Were Moving Mountains During the War

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Author’s new book provides significant, though oftentimes overlooked, information on civil war logistics.

How much does it take to supply a Civil War army? Author Jonathan K. Rice answers this question and a couple more that are not usually discussed and answered by other historians, writers, and biographers, through the pages of this newly published book, Moving Mountains: A Study in Civil War Logistics.        

Most military histories and stories dwell on the battle and the fighting units. This is very true for the Civil War. A search in its archives will present texts chockfull of combat of information and narratives about rallying to the colors, courage under fire, spies, and more. Rarely, and then only in the footnotes, will one find a mention of the company or soldiers struggling through heat, dust, sleet, or with recalcitrant mules just to be able to bring the minimum of battlefield comforts to his fellow soldiers. In this book, the author gives readers an informative view of what it was and how to feed, shelter, and arm a Civil War soldier and the army in which he served.

Unlike other books on military history, Moving Mountains explores behind the scenes of the war—the sinews that make neither the headlines nor the back pages; however, but without them, there is no war.

This book will be featured at the New England Library Association Book Exhibit in Burlington, VT on Oct. 2-4, 2011.

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About the Author
Jonathan Rice came to his interest in logistics through several pathways. He served on active duty as the S-3 of an armored brigade where he marveled at how “the squirrels” behind the curtain of the S-4 section worked their magic to keep the units supplied with food and POL, the “forage” of the Civil War. As a high school teacher he helped organize an “interdisciplinary, team-taught, role play, simulation” which had three groups of students make their several ways across the United States from cities on the east coast to the Willamette Valley in 1857. He had to research the food, shelter and incidental requirements for a wagon train of some fifty wagons carrying 60 adults, their 40+ children, and 300 oxen over the 1700 miles of difficult territory. Finally, he was on the ground in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 1990-1991 where he witnessed the logistical miracle executed by General William “Gus” Pagonis in support of Desert Shield” and “Desert Storm.” This book is a tribute to the men of an earlier era who did the same with railroads and wagons rather than C-5’s and “deuce and a half trucks.”

Moving Mountains * by Jonathan K. Rice
A Study in Civil War Logistics
Publication Date: March 23, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 169 pages; 978-1-4568-5769-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 169 pages; 978-1-4568-5770-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-5771-4

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