Item Details

The Panama Canal: An Army's Enterprise

Hoffman, Jon T; Center of Military History
Format
Book; Government Document; Online; EBook
Published
Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2009.
Language
English
Variant Title
Army's enterprise
Series
CMH Pub
ISBN
0160840988, 9780160840982
SuDoc Number
D 114.2:P 19/5
Summary
Synopsis: This pamphlet describes the critical role of Army officers who defied the odds and saw this immense project through to completion. They included Col. William C. Gorgas, who supervised the medical effort that saved countless lives and made it possible for the labor force to do its job; Col. George W. Goethals, who oversaw the final design of the canal and its construction and, equally important, motivated his workers to complete the herculean task ahead of schedule; and many other officers who headed up the project's subordinate construction commands and rebuilt the Panama railroad, a key component of the venture. In just seven years, these soldiers, thousands of fellow Americans, and tens of thousands of workers from around the world turned the dream of an isthmian canal into reality. Their success immediately ranked among the greatest peacetime feats of the Army and the nation, and it remains so to this day.--
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Panama Canal: an army's enterprise
  • Charting the path
  • Army engineers take the lead
  • Sidebar: Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals
  • Conquering yellow fever
  • Sidebar: Yellow fever work in Cuba
  • Sidebar: William and Marie Gorgas--a partnership against yellow fever
  • Battling malaria and other threats
  • Digging down
  • Sidebar: Steam shovels
  • Building up
  • Working on the railroad
  • Sidebar: Frederick Mears--soldier and builder
  • Completing the mission
  • Defending the canal
  • Transitioning to a Panamanian Canal
  • Legacy
  • Suggestions for further reading
  • Contributors.
Description
vi, 97 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, portraits ; 22 cm.
Mode of access: Internet.
Notes
  • "PIN: 085815-0000"--Page 4 of cover.
  • Shipping list no.: 2010-0047-P.
  • "The authors--Jon T. Hoffman, Michael J. Brodhead, Carol R. Byerly, and Glenn F. Williams ..."--Page iv.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 95-96).
Local Notes
UF holds the archival copy for ASERL CFDP libraries.
Series Statement
CMH pub ; 70-115-1
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