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Re: Reb RR trivia question

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  • josepharose
    Didn t Stonewall Jackson add to the Confederate rolling stock with a rather ingenious ruse early in the war? IIRC, he allowed the Federal trains (on the B&O?)
    Message 1 of 19 , Oct 28, 2002
      Didn't Stonewall Jackson add to the Confederate rolling stock with a
      rather ingenious ruse early in the war? IIRC, he allowed the
      Federal trains (on the B&O?) to run at certain restricted times and
      then, when they were all bunched together, went and seized them and
      dragged them all away.


      --- In civilwarwest@y..., "aot1952" <aot1952@y...> wrote:
      > There were a couple of huge economic factors that seriously
      > the Confederacy's rail capabilities. First at the beginning of the
      > war the Southern railroads like almost all of the South's limited
      > manufacturing were under-capitalized. The manufacturing sector was
      > different than the southern agricultural sector it was CASH poor.
      > significant cash reserves existed in most southern manufacturing
      > concerns.
      > In 1860 there was 1 billion dollars of capital invested in
      > manufacturing concerns in America approximately 1/12th of that
      > investment was in industry in states that left the Union. A
      > of this lack of capital investment in railroading was that a very
      > large number of the Southern railways were still laid with much
      > lightweight, cheaper and less-reliable `U' rails instead of the
      > expensive and durable `T' rails which predominated in the north.
      > The Northern Rail rails had a huge advantage that the Southern
      > railroads did not have once the war started. The Northern
      > had a huge supply of never ending cash! The Federal government
      > CASH for rail services and the CS government with no real cash
      > reserves was required to pay in BONDS in exchange for rail
      > The result of course was that Northern Railroads suddenly found
      > they had a MAJOR new customer that was paying cash that they could
      > turn use to re-invest in improvements and new rolling stock. The
      > Southern rail roads on the other hand had a major new DEAD BEAT (I
      > will gladly pay you 5 years from now for service today) customer
      > placed more and more heavy and destructive demands on their
      > non-replaceable rolling stock. Another less talked about factor in
      > Northern Railroad development was that many well placed War
      > Department officials were in places to do many of the rail roads
      > of financial good. Lincoln's first Secrtary of War was Cameron and
      > his ties to the up to the Civil War struggling Pennsylvania Rail
      > Road have always been very interesting. General Fremont's rather
      > generous dealings with several railroads has also always been an
      > interesting source of speculation.
      > Even assuming that Southern Railroads somehow could raise the cash
      > needed to buy replacement equipment there simply was none to be
      > or built in the confines of the Confederacy. No manufacturing
      > facilities existed in the south to build a locomotive or even
      > cars. Conversely the North had no less than five builders of
      > types and sizes of locomotives:
      > Baldwin and Company, Philadelphia
      > Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Shops Baltimore
      > William Mason, Tauton, Mass.
      > New Jersey Locomotive Works, Paterson, NJ
      > Tauton Locomotive Co. Tauton, Mass.
      > By 1862 many of the Northern rail roads were running on a 50% cash
      > profit margin- thanks in very large measure to the Union Army. On
      > other hand no Southern railroad was making any cash - there was
      > simply no cash to be had from the CS government. Also why ship
      > to the ports since the blockade prevented sale to Europe? On the
      > other hand Mid West Produce and grain had a European Market and
      > ONLY way to get them to market until the Mississippi River was
      > was the Northern Railroads.
      > At the beginning of the war the three major railroads of
      > Richmond were Virginia Central, Richmond Fredericksburg &Potomac
      > the Manassas Gap had they a total of 47 engines and 597 cars. No
      > locomotives or cars were added to the railroads stock for the
      > duration of the war. Compare this to the Illinois Central, which
      > between 1863 and 1865 increased its number of locomotives from 112
      > 148 and its freight cars from 2312 to 3337!
      > As far as many CW generals not understanding the importance of
      > roads this is certainly true. However, I am not sure that many
      > present day buffs really are much better. Although it is clearly
      > Eastern Theater issue I can not remember the last time I heard any
      > mention of the significance of Lee's breaking of the B & O
      > in discussing either of his sorties into the Northern States.
      > Wakefield
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