The Army Wagon...

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  1. 5fish

    5fish Well-Known Member

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    I found this on army wagons... This site will offer to build you a wagon or Stagecoach...


    During the American Revolutionary War, the Continental Armies used nearly every means of wagon transportation at their disposal. One of the most commonly used wagons was the Conestoga wagon, designed for heavy loads of supplies. The development of the Army Escort Wagon was in response to the need to transport supplies and troops in a more organized fashion. (View authentic reproduction of the 1878 Army Escort Wagon.)


    In 1838, the Seminole uprising in Florida created a need for wagon transportation specific to Army use. The Quartermaster Department quickly sought out manufacturing firms to produce wagons to suit the Army’s particular needs. A description of the style needed was provided to wagon builders. These specifications were for a four-mule (horse) wagon, but were so general that the wagons were not standardized. This made acquiring parts for repair challenging unless they cannibalized another wagon of like manufacturer to find replacement parts.


    At the end of the Civil War, nearly 6000 wagons were in storage at the Quartermaster depot in Washington, DC. Many of these were shipped to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to forward for use at various military posts throughout the western frontier. Service throughout the frontier was especially hard on these army wagons. By 1875, the supply of serviceable wagons was so low that the Secretary of War authorized the manufacture of 200 wagons to meet the needs. A board of officers convened to discuss and propose changes to the wagon design.


    Throughout the history of the US Army Wagon several major changes guided its development. Three of these changes are perhaps considered the most significant. The decision by the Quartermaster General for universal parts in the production of the wagons was the first major step. The second major transformation was the utilization of the iron axle in 1848 and the final profound change was the iron hub wheel.

    If you read the link you will learn about the color wagons were painted and the 4 mules vs a six mules wagon... and other stuff...
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  2. Kirk's Raider's

    Kirk's Raider's Well-Known Member

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    No doubt Lt.General Omar Bradley was correct when he stated " amateurs study strategy professionals study logistics".
    We has armchair historians tend to overlook logistics . Napoleon observed that "an army travels on it's stomach".
    Obviously wagon's had their shortcomings but for better or worse often they were the only practical means of transporting supplies.
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