Did they do this to consevre space? was it all supply wagons? it looks in a few pictures I have found that not all where done this way. I'm tring to get all info I can. I'm about to get a wagon and I want to do it right the first time. There is not alot out there to find. Or least what I have been able to find. Now I need Help.
Does any one have a copy of a set of plans for the harness?
Last Edit: Aug 19, 2007 18:21:33 GMT -5 by tenncav
Post by Jerry Todd on Aug 22, 2007 15:34:06 GMT -5
"Jerk-line" was used to drive wagons for a hundred years before the war. Very similar to how artillery was driven.
1. You can better control the horses/mules from their backs - especially around tight turns and rough terrain. 2. It's safer. A heavy load shifts and you're not in the wagon to be crushed by it. add... 3. Many times the team is unhitched and hitch to another rig, like hauling logs, or dropping a full wagon and taking back an empty - jerk line can be a simple as pulling a pin and hooking onto the new rig without changing harness, etc.
Last Edit: Aug 23, 2007 10:55:44 GMT -5 by Jerry Todd