was most forcibly demonstrated on the Peninsula
Some effort, I believe, was made to establish these trains before that campaign began, but everything was confusion when compared with the system which was now inaugurated by Colonel
(now General) Rufus Ingalls
, when he became Chief Quartermaster
of the Army of the Potomac.
Through his persevering zeal, trains for the above purposes were organized.
All strife for the lead on the march vanished, for every movement was governed by orders from army headquarters under the direction of the chief quartermaster
He prescribed the roads to be travelled over, which corps trains should lead and which should bring up the rear, where more than one took the same roads.
All of the corps trains were massed before a march, and the chief quartermaster
of some corps was selected and put in charge of this consolidated train.
The other corps quartermasters had charge of their
Wagon-train crossing the Rappahannock on a pontoon bridge.
From a Photograph.|
respective trains, each in turn having his division and brigade quartermasters, subject to his orders.
“There never was a corps better organized than was the quartermaster's corps with the Army of the Potomac in 1864,” says Grant
in his Memoirs.
Let us see a little more clearly what a corps train included.
I can do no better than to incorporate here the following order of General Meade