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Topic: Civil War

Supplying Hell: The Campaign for Atlanta

by LT Nick Overby Quartermaster Professional Bulletin-Winter 1992 “War is Hell” – the famous quote attributed to Major General William T. Sherman – was an understatement for the time and a reality for the soldiers of the Civil War. Unfortunately, historians and others have primarily highlighted the tactics of war without considering the logistics. In […]

Lincoln & His Quartermaster General

The Story of Montgomery Cunningham Meigs From the Quartermaster Review, May-June 1950 by LT. COL. HERBERT A. HALL Q.M.C. The President of the United States and the Quartermaster General of the Army faced each other in the latter’s office.  In one corner of the room, into which the Quartermaster General had moved only that morning, […]

Civil War Enlisted Uniforms

Ordnance & Quartermaster Pictures are thumbnailed for fast loading. Please click the picture to see the enlarged image. To return, press the “BACK” button in your browser) Sergeant of Ordnance Ordnance Sergeant Ordnance Corporal Ordnance Private Infantry Quartermaster Sergeant Cavalry Quartermaster Sergeant Artillery Quartermaster Sergeant Light Artillery Quartermaster Sergeant Cavalry Cavalry Sergeant Major Cavalry Sergeant […]

Feeding Billy Yank: Union Rations between 1861 and 1865

Union Rations between 1861 and 1865 By J. Britt McCarley Quartermaster Professional Bulletin – December 1988 “Who shall have this?” Sergeant John W. Fuller asked in a voice loud enough for all the assembled troops to hear. He stood beside two ordinary army blankets laden with precious contents. One contained forty-five carefully divided mounds of […]

City Point: The Tool That Gave General Grant Victory

Captain Robert O. Zinnen, Jr. Quartermaster Professional Bulletin – Spring 1991 A person standing on the banks overlooking this harbor and the massive facilities surrounding it would have been amazed at the sights and sounds. A vast fleet of ships stretched as far as the eye could see. The harbor’s port facilities consisted of eight […]


The Story of the USS Chattanooga, a “home-made” steamboat built by the Quartermaster Department in October 1863 to carry supplies to General Grant’s starving army at Chattanooga, Tennessee.  As told by Assistant Quartermaster William Le Duc, who “commanded”the Chattanooga. By William G. Le Duc, Brevet Brigadier-General and Assistant Quartermaster, U.S.V. In answer to the urgent […]

The Quartermaster’s Department, 1861-1864

The Quartermaster Review – September-October 1928 EDITOR’S NOTE.-The following article was supplied by Lt. Col. A. B. Warfield, Q. M. C., and furnishes invaluable information as to the functioning of the Quartermaster Corps during the Civil War period–nothing, however, being discussed that does not apply as well today as it did then, which makes the […]