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4014Re: Macadamized turnpikes, RR's, etc.

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  • eighth_conn_inf
    Jan 16, 2008
      Thanks Gerry, I will check out that book and his other book of
      essays, "Antietam."

      --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
      > Dear 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
      > To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
      > 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
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "eighth_conn_inf" <eighth_conn_inf@...>
      > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 4:46 PM
      > Subject: [TalkAntietam] Macadamized turnpikes, RR's, etc.
      > If folks have some answers/opinions re the below I'd like to hear
      > them
      > 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
      > everywhere
      > but he does not say which roads were and to what length or
      > discuss the
      > quality of the use of crushed rock. My guess is that the National
      > Road
      > was fully macadamized as were many of the main roads leading out
      > of
      > D.C. How about the roads/pikes around Sharpsburg? My question has
      > to do
      > with the many barefoot Confederates coming out of Virginia and
      > marching
      > around during the Maryland Campaign. Straggling was heavy on both
      > sides
      > but wasn't the factor of shod v. unshod feet more of a factor for
      > the
      > Confederates? Or are road surfaces during the campaign of very
      > minor
      > concern? I wondered about Jackson's slow marches to Martinsburg
      > from
      > Frederick and then to HF--barefooted, slow soldiers?
      > <snip>
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