33800RE: [civilwarwest] Re: Logistics
- Sep 3, 2005The old saying goes "Amateurs study tactics - professionals study
logistics." I think this is mostly because tactics lends itself more easily
to sweeping, romantic generalizations in relative vacuums. Logistics is
complicated and mind numbingly dull - most amateurs see it more often than
not as an "excuse" for the failure of tactics.
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Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: Logistics
One of the best introductions to the subject I have seen is an article
that is now almost half a century old:
John G. Moore, "Mobility and Strategy in the Civil War" Military
Affairs, Vol. 24, No. 2, Civil War Issue. (Summer, 1960), pp. 68-77.
Its documentation is deceptively simple, but it has some pretty shrewd
calculations about the extent to which Civil War armies of a given
size could forage within a given area and, particularly, the demands
of supplying an army at increasing distances from a railhead.
The issue is available online (thus the Stable URL). But--so far as I
know-- it can only be accessed through
J-STOR (short for Journal Storage), and you'll need permission to
do so. However, many college libraries and even some secondary
schools subscribe to it, and you can get to it via their on-site
computers. You can find a list participating institutions here:
It's not so much that this single article is worth the trouble of
gaining access to J-STOR, but there's such an abundance of scholarship
available once you do get access that it's worth looking into.
As an alternative, the Moore article is reprinted in _Military
Analysis of the Civil War_ (KTO Press, 1977).
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