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Books Between Bites
June 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day First of the month, repeating until December 6, 2017
Books Between Bites Wednesday, December 6, 12:15pm, Madden Auditorium
Speaker: Don Chamberlain Book: Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War Author: Thomas F. Army, Jr.
Using PowerPoint, maps, photos and drawings, Don, a retired school teacher, will present a delightful program summarizing Dr. Army’s book and the role of engineering in the American Civil War. Don is the current President of the Decatur Civil War Round Table.
Engineering Victory brings a fresh approach to the question of why the North prevailed in the Civil War. Historian Thomas F. Army, Jr., identifies strength in engineering―not superior military strategy or industrial advantage―as the critical determining factor in the war’s outcome.
Army finds that Union soldiers were able to apply scientific ingenuity and innovation to complex problems in a way that Confederate soldiers simply could not match. Skilled Free State engineers who were trained during the antebellum period benefited from basic educational reforms, the spread of informal educational practices, and a culture that encouraged learning and innovation. During the war, their rapid construction and repair of roads, railways, and bridges allowed Northern troops to pass quickly through the forbidding terrain of the South as retreating and maneuvering Confederates struggled to cut supply lines and stop the Yankees from pressing any advantage.
By presenting detailed case studies from both theaters of the war, Army clearly demonstrates how the soldiers’ education, training, and talents spelled the difference between success and failure, victory and defeat. He also reveals massive logistical operations as critical in determining the war’s outcome. From Amazon.