Civil War Barons

Civil War Barons

The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped A Nation

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Before the robber barons there were Civil War barons--a remarkable yet largely unknown group of men whose contributions won the war and shaped America's future.

The Civil War woke a sleeping giant in America, creating unprecedented industrial growth that not only supported the struggle but reshaped the nation.

Energized by the country's dormant potential and wealth of natural resources, individuals of vision, organizational talent, and capital took advantage of the opportunity that war provided. Their innovations sustained Union troops, affected military strategy and tactics, and made the killing fields even deadlier. Their ranks included men such as:

John Deere, whose plows helped feed large armies

Gail Borden, whose condensed milk nourished the Union army

The Studebaker Brothers, whose wagons moved war supplies from home front to war front

Robert Parrott, whose rifled cannon was deployed on countless battlefields

and many others.

Individually, these men came to dominate industry and amass great wealth and power; collectively, they helped save the Union and refashion the economic fabric of a nation.

Utilizing extensive research in manuscript collections, company records, and contemporary newspapers, historian Jeffry D. Wert casts a revealing light on the individuals most responsible for bringing the United States into the modern age.


Baker & Taylor
Shares information on lesser known technological revolutionaries whose contributions during the Civil War set the stage for America's future, including John Deere, Gail Borden, and Robert Parrott.

Baker
& Taylor

"Before the Civil War, America had undergone a technological revolution that made large-scale industry possible, yet, except for the expanding reach of railroads and telegraph lines, the country remained largely rural, with only pockets of small manufacturing. Then the war came and woke the sleeping giant. The Civil War created a wave of unprecedented industrial growth and development, producing a revolution in new structures, ideas, and inventions that sustained the struggle and reshaped America. Energized by the country's dormant potential and wealth of natural resources, individuals of vision, organizational talent, and capital took advantage of the opportunity war provided. Their innovations sustained Union troops, affected military strategy and tactics, and made the killing fields even deadlier. Individually, these men came to dominate industry and amass great wealth and power; collectively, they helped save the Union and refashion the economic fabric of a nation. Utilizing extensive research in manuscript collections, company records, and contemporary newspapers, historian Jeffry D. Wert casts a revealing light on the individuals most responsible for bringing the United States into the modern age"--
The prominent historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist author of Cavalryman presents a group portrait of the lesser-known technological revolutionaries whose contributions during the Civil War set the stage for America's future. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : Da Capo Press, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780306825125
0306825120
Branch Call Number: 973.71 WERT
Characteristics: xii, 276 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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