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The Business of Civil War: Military Mobilization and the State, 1861–1865 (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)

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This wide-ranging, original account of the politics and economics of the giant military supply project in the North reconstructs an important but little-known part of Civil War history. Drawing on new and extensive research in army and business archives, Mark R. Wilson offers a fresh view of the wartime North and the ways in which its economy worked when the Lincoln admini ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 21st 2006 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Frank Stein
An interesting though overlong look at military procurement during America's Civil War.

I got this book because I was curious how the then inchoate federal government managed to mobilize and command such vast resources during America's first industrial war. The answer is surprisingly simple: the Quartermaster's Department that did the most of the military contracting and ran (quite a few) government factories was built up long before the Civil War by the hyper-kinetic General Thomas S. Jessup, w
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