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oldjarhead04 Apr 2021 1:10 p.m. PST

Gentlemen, can anyone point me in the direction of information regarding the amount of wagons, carts and mules that were allocated to companies, troops, batteries and battalions etc.

Grelber04 Apr 2021 3:33 p.m. PST

I'd think it would vary from campaign to campaign, depending on how far you were operating from your base, that the infrastructure (roads) was like, and the nature of the terrain.
Here's some potentially useful information from Civil War Logistics by Earl J. Hess.
A pack mule could haul about 200 pounds.
A camel could carry about 400 pounds.
A six mule wagon could haul 2,000 to 4,000 pounds, depending on the road conditions.
Smaller wagons with springs could carry 800 to 1,200 pounds.
Since the wagons were more efficient, quartermasters preferred to use them. Pack mules tended to be used over rough terrain, where there were no roads. During the ACW, each regiment would have a couple pack mules for the field officers, perhaps 10 for all the company officers, and another to haul the cooking equipment for the regiment. Pack mules were also used more for cavalry tan infantry, to match their mobility.

Hope that at least gets you started!

Who still hasn't forgiven the Australian army: Internally, the Australians used camel drawn wagons to move things through the outback, but the army never took any on their campaigns to justify my modeling them! Fifty years before I was born, they were working to thwart me!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2021 4:13 p.m. PST

Oh, Grelber, don't you know its your own army and campaign and you can model them if you want to.


DyeHard05 Apr 2021 8:48 a.m. PST

I am not sure what period or campaign you want info on:

But from the book "Battle in Africa" by Howard Whitehouse:
A British battalion had 9 tons of basic impedimenta, so 17 wagons…

It gives the guide that the pounds carried are:
Porter 40-50
Solider 60
FFL 100
Mule 200
Camel 300
Hv Ox cart 8000 good terrain or 2000 in bad
Rail car 40000

oldjarhead05 Apr 2021 8:57 a.m. PST

Gentlemen, thank you all for he info. I have "Battle in Africa", but did not know that basic impedimenta was 9 tons. I am not doing an historical campaign, rathe an ImagiNations campaign, so I will take ColCampbell's advice and organize them my way. Again many thanks


Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 11:08 a.m. PST

The Whitehouse book is a must have for all sorts of unusual info.

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