Washington Roebling's Civil War

From the Bloody Battlefield at Gettysburg to the Brooklyn Bridge

Diane Smith

Explores the military career of the man who built the Brooklyn Bridge and provides a deep analysis of the numerous roles he played in the American Civil War to ready him for the task.
Publication date:
August 2019
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
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ISBN : 9780811737883

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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• A rich look at the American Civil War career of the man who oversaw the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
• Reveals much about the nature of Civil War Intelligence and engineering.

Washington Roebling is well known as the man who supervised construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. His path to overseeing that monumental task began during the Civil War.

In addition to his brave, dramatic actions at Gettysburg, his Civil War service was remarkable: artilleryman, bridge builder, scout, balloonist, mapmaker, engineer, and staff officer. His story reveals much about Gettysburg but also about Civil War intelligence and engineering and the politics and infighting within the Army of the Potomac's high command. Roebling's service—leadership, engineering, decision-making, and managing personalities and politics—prepared him well for overseeing the Brooklyn Bridge.