Re: the RR question [was Shiloh paper ...]
- Well for what little it is worth, I am a 'card carrying' member of
Carl's "Union Navy was the BIGGIE Club". I suppose by implication
this means we are both members of the "Absence of a effective CS Navy
was a BIGGIE Club."
--- In civilwarwest@y..., "Will" <wh_keene@y...> wrote:
> --- In civilwarwest@y..., "carlw4514" <carlw4514@y...> wrote:
> > Re-reading this, I think I agree with your assertions. I
> > concur that a bigger problem than the rickety railroads was the
> > navy. But I would not say that the South couldn't have used a
> > railway system!
> I think this is the real heart of the issue. The problem wasn't
> whether the central government took control or the states took
> control or private interestes kept control. The problem was that
> railroad system was poor to begin with and wartime did not present
> the opportunity for improvements.
> An excellent example is the lack of continuous rail routes from
> central MS to GA by way of AL. Look at the rail lines in central
> Alabama on:
> As a result, in the summer of 1862 when Bragg wanted to tranfer his
> army from west to east he had move them from Tupelo to the end of
> line in Mobile where they would be ferried across the bay to pick
> the rail line to Atlanta. Likewise, in the spring of 1864 it took
> longer to get Polk to move to Johnston than it would have if there
> had been a continuous line.