4014Re: Macadamized turnpikes, RR's, etc.
- Jan 16, 2008Thanks Gerry, I will check out that book and his other book of
--- 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
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> ----- 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
> 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
> discuss the
> 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
> to do
> 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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