military freight wagons
- This post may be a duplicate. The one I sent yesterday did not
to have been dilivered.
A few days ago I was reading the memoirs of Michael Heilman at the
Civilwar Network site (uscivlwar.net). Nr. Heilman had a varied
miitray career while serving in the Army of the Cumberlan. One of
these was delivering supplies to the front. He mentions his wagons
had a weight capacity of six tons.
Therein is my problem. I can't conceive a freight wagon drawn by six
mules large enough to handle six tons of average freight, unless the
cargo was scrap iron. As a child I grew up in a Colorado mountain
ranching community and am quite familiar with wagons; they were in
everyone's back yard. They were'nt used much, except for holiday
parades. Except for the hay wagons, they weren't very big, not much
larger than the footprint of a modern 3/4 ton pickup bed.
Can anyone offer any kind of clarification?