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GENERAL HERMAN HAUPT

Director, Chief Engineer and General Superintendent of the
Pennsylvania Railroad

Contractor and Chief Engineer for the Hoosac Tunnel
Chief of the Bureau of United States Military Railroads in the
Civil War

Chief Engineer of the Tidewater Pipeline
General Manager of the Richmond & Danville and
Northern Pacific Railroads

President American Air Power Company

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INTERVIEWS WIth President LINCOLN, SECRETARY STANTON, General-
IN-CHIEF HALLECK, AND WITH GENERALS MCDOWELL, Mc-
CLELLAN, MEADE, HANCOCK, BURNSIDE, AND OTHERS

IN COMMAND OF THE ARMIES IN THE FIELD,

AND HIS IMPRESSIONS OF THESE MEN

[WRITTEN BY HIMSELF]

WITH NOTES AND A PERSONAL SKETCH BY

FRANK ABIAL FLOWER

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Illustrated from Photographs of Actual Operations in the Field

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PREFATORY NOTE.

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HERE is too much truth in the Irish observation that "No one thinks of strewing flowers on a friend's grave till after he is

dead."

The writer entertained a decided feeling that a man like General Haupt, full of years, of goodness, of unselfish patriotism, and of widely fruitful deeds, certainly should have his "grave" bestrewn with the very choicest flowers while yet there was life to enjoy their fragrance.

This feeling led to the publication of the present volume.

The main portion of it, which is General Haupt's, was committed to writing by him in 1889. He had no intention of publishing the collection-merely desired to get into record form, for the gratification of his grandchildren and other immediate descendants, many important facts concerning our civil war which had entirely escaped the attention of historians-especially those in which he was either the foremost or a conspicuous actor. They embrace personal interviews with the President, Secretary of War, General Halleck, and the Generals in command of the armies in the field, of which there are no official records.

While going over his manuscript in search of material to verify certain portions of a Life of Edwin M. Stanton, the writer discovered not only the general historical value of the matter, but that the almost abnormal modesty of the narrator had resulted in so much self-submergence as to entirely deprive him of many important honors to which he was incontestably entitled.

General Haupt was, therefore, besought to consent to the publication, during his lifetime, of a limited edition of his formal mil

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itary story, prefixed by such a condensed but general sketch of his life as would afford an indication of at least the mountain-peaks of his remarkably long and honorable career.

This seemed the more necessary because the meagre records of the Government disclose not even the shadow of a reason for his sudden retirement from the army at the very zenith of his splendid achievements as Director of the Military Railroads of the United States, thus leaving the impression, perhaps, that there had been something discreditable in his conduct.

He yielded to this importunity, with the result that 900 numbered autograph copies of his story are available for such personal friends, army officers and libraries as care to subscribe for them.

F. A. F.

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1 POTOMAC CREEK BRIDGE, BUILT (AS LINCOLN Said) of CornsTALKS AND BEANPOLES...........

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✓2 BRIDGE ACROSS CHATTAHoochee River, GEORGIA, 780 FEET LONG AND 90 FEET HIGH-BUILT IN 42 DAYS..................

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3 BRIDGE Trusses of Boards, PrepareD FOR HOOKER'S CAMPAIGN. SPAN 60 FEET..........

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4 Bridge of BOARD TRUSSES Being Tested for DeflectIONS........... 71 5 TESTING BOARD TRUSSES FOR MILITARY Bridge................................ 6 BRIDGE of Board TRUSSES LOADed Until it Broke at Two TONS PER FOOT............

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7 HAUPT'S TORPEDO FOR QUICKLY WREcking Wooden Bridges......... 101 8 STEEL HOOKS, AND PIECE of Rail TWISTED BY THEIR USE........... 9 DESTROYING TRACK, BY CORKSCREW TWIST, WITH Levers and StEEL Hooks

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10 DESTROYING TRACK, BY CORKscrew Twist, with Levers and Steel

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13 CONFEDERate Mode of Destroying RaiLROAD TRACK.......... ✓14 STRAIGHTENING SLIGHT BENDS IN Rails by Use of JACKSCREW....... 171 ✓15 STRAIGHTENING BENDS IN RAILS BY LETTING THEM FALL ACROSS A TIE...............

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16 POCKET Auger for MAKING MORTICES AND TENONS FOR BLANKET

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