4017Re: Macadamized turnpikes, RR's, etc.
- Jan 16, 2008Thank you Gerry and Harry--fortunately for me I have both. I see
references about straggling and bare feet but nothing specific yet
about the Macadamized turnpikes, but Carman has a couple. Just makes
sense though that bare feet walking on crushed stone does not work no
matter how tough those feet may be, IMO.
Reminds me of my Conn. days when a fellow runner, Dr. Charlie
Robinson, would run road races in bare feet! He was about 25 years
older than I and always beat me--I started catching up when he
reached his 70's. Of course his feet were toughened before he did
this consistently and he did wear socks in the winter. I assume he
had good biomechanics: no flat feet, no bunions, etc. Still, I always
marveled at him. BTW, his doctorate was reportedly in psychology,
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Harry Smeltzer" <hjs21@...>
>Kent State and one from UNC. They are two different collections of
> For those who may be confused, there are two collections, one from
Gallagher edited essays on the Maryland Campaign.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: G E Mayers
> To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 6:08 PM
> Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Macadamized turnpikes, RR's, etc.
> Dear Larry,
> The Gallagher book "Antietam" is the one I was referring to.
> 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 6:02 PM
> Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Macadamized turnpikes, RR's, etc.
> 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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