Re: RR in the south ( was Any good books ...)
- here's something interesting just ran across and explains the
motivation for the southern system's changing guage on their RRs in
the ACW, which in wartime was a big problem: troops would have to
disembark one line and wait to change to a different train in a
different station in order to continue.
"...It had been decided to build a narrow gauge line instead of the
standard gauge road. One strong argument for the "small" gauge in the
south and southwest was that the bulk of traffic was cotton, which
would be compressed and large quantities transported without the
necessity of large rail cars..."
--- In civilwarwest@y..., Aurelie1999@a... wrote:
> I am absolutely fascinated with the strategic impact of railroads
> the war. What makes the entire story so fascinating is that
> new and had never been covered at West Point. Yet the great rolling
> rapidly became tactical considerations, essential to effective
> planning and weapons in their own right. The tracks stitched the
> their supplies and played a part in defeating the South by adding
> the West Point mantra of "celerity."
> Herman Haupt personified Yankee ingenuity when he built the
> across Potomac Creek, developed a prefab system for quickly laying
> repairing track and kept the trains running on time and with
> the West, Grenville Dodge adapted the English castle system for
> the lines and was able to fix broken track so quickly that the
> were in complete awe.
> The best book I have found so far on the impact of railroads is
> the Rails by George Edgar Turner which covers both the North and
> railroad situations. The Northern Railroads in the Civil War by
> Webber is full of information, but much duller reading. Now I want
> one that concentrates completely on the Southern railroads. The CSA
> displayed the Yankee ingenuity trait by the mere fact that they kept
> trains running to the end, an almost impossible task considering
> of resources in replenishing rolling stock and tracks. The
railroads in the
> CW are an amazing story worthy of a good movie.