Re: [civilwarwest] Railroads
- In a message dated 10/20/2002 11:57:49 AM Central Daylight Time, cmccprice@... writes:
I am exploring the possibility that Southern Control of Railroads in the Western Theatre could have produced a different outcome of the war. The defeat of the south was not inevitable. Can anyone recommend sources that would support or possibly destroy my premise?
I suppose it is a possibility, but it would be pretty hard countering Grenville Dodge who was a formidable foe for the CSA railroad strategy. In addition, rolling stock, engine maintenance and providing track was nearly impossible for the CSA.
I do understand that there is a new book coming out on the southern railroad. In the meantime, Victory Rode the Rails is a pretty good examination of the Union achievements. There is another book I have as well, but it is at home and I can't think of the name, I think its title is Railroads in the Civil War, but it also concentrates on Union achievements. I suggest going to ABE at www.abebooks.com and putting in the key words Civil War Railroads. Amazon may yield the new book.
- A most interesting discussion, gentlemen. I'd always wondered how that seniority/rank thing worked out, but not enough to actually go looking for it. As it turns out, it was provided to me. Thank you all.Ken