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    The CS army moved forces successfully on the rails on many occassions. AS Johnston concentrated forces from all over the west at Corninth, MS in March 1862,
    Message 1 of 5 , Oct 21, 2002
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      The CS army moved forces successfully on the rails on many
      occassions. AS Johnston concentrated forces from all over the west
      at Corninth, MS in March 1862, the late arrivals from the trans-
      Mississippi were not held up by a lack of rail transportation. Later
      that year Bragg moved many of these same forces into Tennessee, via
      rail, in preparation for his advance on Kentucky. In December 1862,
      Pemberton moved forces from northern MS into the Vicksburg area in
      time counter Sherman's riverine offensive. And of course the
      movement by rail of Longstreet's Corps resulted in Chickamauga, the
      one major CS victory in the West.

      From this I cannot conclude southern railroads were not co-operative
      in moving troops about. Are their examples where it can be
      specifically shown that rebel military efforts were thwarted by the
      railroads?

      Northern railroads were not subjected to government takeover. The US
      Military railroad was organized to operate, re-build and
      maintain "captured" roads necessary to military operations in the
      south.

      The civil war was a time of tremendous growth and expansion for the
      northern railroad companies. In addition to moving the men and
      material of the greatly expanded military, the Confederate blockade
      of the Mississippi changed the primary axis of commerce from North-
      South to New Orleans via the river to West-East via the railroads.

      Eric
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