USMA should be abolished (etc.)

11 January 2010

Yet another West Point item, joining the 3 books and several other journal articles in my site on the history of West Point: The Attack upon West Point during the Civil War, a paper published in 1939, detailing a flare-up in popular opposition to the Academy from Northerners who viewed it, or professed to view it, as a hotbed of Confederate sentiment, aristocratic leanings, and treason; onto this bandwagon leapt a few politicians from the radical wing of Lincoln’s Republican party. The Union reverses at the beginning of the War between the States were responsible for this flare-up; as soon as the North started winning, it died down.

The attack still holds a lesson for today’s Academy: beware of creeping feelings of superiority; and remember that not only technical training but courage and common sense win wars, of course.

The homepage of my American history site (26 books, 12,000 pages of print, 600 images in 800+ webpages) is here.
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Confederate Railroads

7 January 2010

One more addition to American railroad history, in the same journal issue as the previous item, and the pendant to it: The Confederate Government and the Railroads, April, 1861. The South had less to start with, and the more libertarian and states’ rights approach by the central government made matters worse; it didn’t stand a chance.

The paper, by the way, is by Charles Ramsdell, who by the time of his death would become the dean of Southern historians.

The homepage of my American history site (26 books, 12,000 pages of print, 600 images in 800+ webpages) is here.

Union Railroads in the War between the States

30 December 2009

Two additions to my subsite on American railroad history, both journal articles: The Northern Railroads, April, 1861, giving essentially the status of railroads in the North at the outbreak of the war and The United States Military Railroads, 1862‑1865: War Time Operation and Maintenance, showing how the Union government, principally because of Gen. McCallum and Henry Haupt, was able to take advantage of these assets and make the military railroad administration one of the most successful contributors to the Union cause and ultimately to Northern victory.

The homepage of my American history site (26 books, 12,000 pages of print, 600 images in 800+ webpages) is here.

Louisiana takes over her forts in 1861

20 August 2009

Today’s item is a 1961 journal article (rather late for public domain, but the copyright was not renewed) on The Seizure of the Forts and Public Property in Louisiana (in 1861): a straightforward account of the actual mechanics of the process by which control of government property was forcibly transferred from the old government of Louisiana to the new.

The homepage of my American history site (24 books, 11,000 pages of print, 600 images in 700+ webpages) is here.