Herman Haupt


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(1817–1905) civilian railway engineer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Haupt designed, built, and repaired critically important lines and bridges during the Civil War. His role during the battle of Gettysburg (1863) was particularly crucial, anticipating and meeting the army's demanding logistical requirements. He also developed a torpedo for destroying railroads and bridges. When pressed to accept a commission, he refused, and his army responsibilities were terminated.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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