The Railroads of the Confederacy

The Railroads of the Confederacy

The Railroads of the Confederacy

The Railroads of the Confederacy

Synopsis

Originally published by UNC Press in 1952, The Railroads of the Confederacy tells the story of the first use of railroads on a major scale in a major war. Robert Black presents a complex and fascinating tale, with the railroads of the American South playing the part of tragic hero in the Civil War.

With maps of all the Confederate railroads and contemporary photographs and facsimiles of such documents as railroad tickets, timetables, and soldiers' passes, the book will captivate railroad enthusiasts as well as readers interested in the Civil War.

Excerpt

This book HAS BEEN WRITTEN PRIMARILY BECAUSE THE AUTHOR has long desired such a volume, and no one has seen fit to produce it for him. An interest in the Civil War, persisting from boyhood, a passion for railroads that antedates even his earliest memories, and a service of three years in the U. S. Army Transportation Corps in the heart of the former Confederate States, finally conspired to drive him to his typewriter.

The author has been sufficiently exposed to the historical process to realize that history can never present the absolute truth, but the usual attempt has been made at impartiality. Though a northerner by birth, background, and education, his personal experience in the American South has come close to turning him into that most careless of enthusiasts-a converted Yankee. For this reason, he has endeavored not to bring any preconceived notions to bear and to allow the politicians and soldiers and railroaders of the Confederacy to speak for themselves. Whether he has succeeded therein is left to the reader.

All proper historical prefaces must contain acknowledgments of the aid received from others. But the author has not realized until now the real pleasure which is involved in the giving of academic thanks. The cooperation he received literally everywhere was a revelation. Especially gratifying to a mere taxpayer was the willingness and efficiency of a variety of public servants, both State and Federal, all of whom gave the lie to current traditions as to the energy and ability of those employed by government. Particular thanks are due the personnel of the War Records Division, National . . .

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