4013Re: [TalkAntietam] Macadamized turnpikes, RR's, etc.
- Jan 16, 2008Dear Larry;
To the best of my knowledge the National Road was definitely
macadamized; the Boonsborough Pike may have been but, since it
led right into Sharpsburg, I would doubt it.
The Hagerstown Turnpike also might have been macadamized but
again might not.
At that point in the war, Southern footsoles were not as tough as
they would be about a year later. Straggling due to the road
surfaces was a major problem during the campaign.
Gary Gallaher's editing of the volume titled "The Antietam
Campaign" has several good essays in it that might be helpful.
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
the Almighty God. --Anonymous
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Subject: [TalkAntietam] Macadamized turnpikes, RR's, etc.
If folks have some answers/opinions re the below I'd like to hear
but pls don't spend time researching: if you have good specific
references pls let me know.
Macadamized (crushed rock) roads according to Carman were
but he does not say which roads were and to what length or
quality of the use of crushed rock. My guess is that the National
was fully macadamized as were many of the main roads leading out
D.C. How about the roads/pikes around Sharpsburg? My question has
with the many barefoot Confederates coming out of Virginia and
around during the Maryland Campaign. Straggling was heavy on both
but wasn't the factor of shod v. unshod feet more of a factor for
Confederates? Or are road surfaces during the campaign of very
concern? I wondered about Jackson's slow marches to Martinsburg
Frederick and then to HF--barefooted, slow soldiers?
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