Millions Fall: The Destruction of Trees During the Civil War

An army moves on its stomach, the saying goes. But a 19th century army also moved on its wood. A look at the environmental impact of the Civil War, particularly on forests. Millions of trees were needed for the conflict, to provide very temporary housing, roads, bridges, and fuel. They could stop cavalry charges, pretend to be cannons or provide a place to hide for a blue or grey soldier. No surprise one newspaper compared the armies to tree-eating monsters.

This and a bit about William Howard Taft on Television. He didn’t live to see it, but he and his family had an indirect impact on its history.

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