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My brave Mechanics : the First Michigan Engineers and their Civil War

Author: Mark Hoffman
Publisher: Detroit : Wayne State University Press, ©2007.
Series: Great Lakes books.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As volunteer engineers for the Union army, the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics regiment was made up of skilled artisans, craftsmen, railroad men, and engineers whose behind-the-scenes work was crucial to the Union victory. Charged with maintaining the Union supply line in the western theater, the engineers constructed and repaired a staggering number of bridges, block-houses, fortifications, railroads, and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hoffman, Mark, 1963-
My brave Mechanics.
Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2007
(OCoLC)608018737
Online version:
Hoffman, Mark, 1963-
My brave Mechanics.
Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2007
(OCoLC)632156428
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Hoffman
ISBN: 9780814332924 0814332927
OCLC Number: 74987932
Description: xviii, 470 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Volunteer engineers --
The sinews of war --
Camp Owen --
South to Kentucky and Tennessee --
On to Corinth --
With Mitchel to the Tennessee --
Work and warfare along the Tennessee --
Into battle at Perryville --
Mutiny --
The fight at Lavergne --
Filling vacant ranks --
Forward to Murfreesboro --
Back across the Tennessee --
Holding Chattanooga for the Union --
Building the supply net --
Protecting Sherman's supply line --
Wheeler, elections, Atlanta, and a new regiment --
More men --
Atlanta and the march to the sea --
With Thomas in Tennessee --
Into the Carolinas --
Final weeks of the war --
Homeward bound --
Postwar heroes.
Series Title: Great Lakes books.
Responsibility: Mark Hoffman ; foreword by William M. Anderson.
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As volunteer engineers for the Union army, the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics regiment was made up of skilled artisans, craftsmen, railroad men, and engineers whose behind-the-scenes work was crucial to the Union victory. Charged with maintaining the Union supply line in the western theater, the engineers constructed and repaired a staggering number of bridges, block-houses, fortifications, railroads, and telegraph lines to keep the UNion army functioning in the aftermath of battle. "My Brave Mechanics: traces the history of this little-known unit, revealing their substantial engineering accomplishments as well as their combat experience, Although they were charged primarily with engineering work, the regiment also saw substantial direct combat action. Confederate guerrillas and bushwhackers bent on disrupting vital communication and supply lines routinely disregarded the usual rules of warfare to target the engineers. They struck quickly, and sometimes at night, exploiting the isolation and vulnerability of the workmen, who, unlike regular infantrymen, were almost never dug-in and ready for an attack. Yet despite the odds against them, the Michigan engineers are recognized for several key accomplishments, including their work in keeping the railroad open south from Union supply depots in Louisville, the relief of the Union forces in Chattanooga, and destruction of rebel railroads during Sherman's march through Georgia and the Carolinas. The regiment's senior officers also held important posts within the Union military organization in the West and were instrumental in developing a coherent policy for the use of captured rebel railroads and infrastructure.

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