Confederate Commissary General: Lucius Bellinger Northrop and the Subsistence Bureau of the Southern Army

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This is the first full-length study of a major supply bureau on either side of the Civil War. Confederate Commissary General looks at food, the most basic of all supplies. Everyone recognized the importance of plentiful food and its efficient distribution to sustain the fighting forces. Yet, political infighting, protection of each state's own interest, and scandalous rumors made Commissary General Northrop's task immeasurably difficult. This examination of Confederate food supply and distribution is an indispensable addition to every military history library.
Jerrold Northrop Moore here offers new research from unpublished manuscripts on the infrastructure of the Confederate war machine. Topics covered include Southern agriculture, railroads, money supply, naval blockade running, overland trading through enemy lines, military strategy and tactics, the Confederate Congress, and the work of a wide range of Southern leaders from Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee downwards.

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Confederate Commissary General: Lucius Bellinger Northrop and the Subsistence Bureau of the Southern Army is the first full-length study of a major supply bureau on either side of the Civil War. Confederate Commissary General looks at food, the most basic of all supplies. Everyone recognized the importance of plentiful food and its efficient distribution to sustain the fighting forces, but the political infighting, protection of each state's own interest, and scandalous rumors made Commissary General Northrop's task immeasurably more difficult. This examination of Confederate food supply and distribution is an indispensable addition to every Civil War library. Jerrold Moore here offers new research from unpublished manuscripts on the infrastructure of the Confederate war machine. Topics covered include Southern agriculture, railroads, money supply, naval blockade running, overland trading through enemy lines, military strategy and tactics, the Confederate Congress, and the work of a wide range of Southern leaders from Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee downwards. -- Midwest Book Review

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Mary Chestnut once termed the Confederacy's commissary general, Lucius B. Northrup, as "the best abused ... man in the Confederacy." Apparently, Moore (Edward Elgar: A Creative Life, 1984 reprint) agrees, since in composing the first biography of this bureaucrat, the author takes as his point of departure the need to reassess Northrup's performance in feeding the Confederate army. The result is a somewhat predictable, sympathetic, even defensive portrayal of this often-criticized figure. What does emerge is a clear picture of the difficulties involved in supplying the Confederate army and the skill with which prominent Confederates engaged in finger-pointing when things went wrong. Moore's extensive research and detailed explication of events may not entirely rehabilitate Northrup, but they will provide history readers with food for thought.?Brooks D. Simpson, Arizona State Univ., Tempe
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