Railroads in the South in the 1850s and 1860s

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Greetings: I am currently researching for a novel based in the Western Theatre (Georegia Military Institute in Marietta, GA and Army of Tennessee, CSA)of the American Civil War. It utilizes railroads in the 1850s and 1860s. Can anyone help me with names of railraods, cities and towns on railroad lines, replicas of maps of the period, etc. wherein I might make my work more facutal? All assistance is deeply appreciated...

-- jerry mayes (jmayes@iccfinancialgroup.com), January 30, 2002


A great source is Robert Black's The Railroads of the Confederacy. It also has a fantastic map of the all the railroads in the South. I found my at the Kennesaw Mountain National Park north of Atlanta a few years ago. Good Luck

-- Bob Tugwell (bobtugwell@aol.com), February 02, 2002.

Check this on-line book for a quick glance of Railroads in the CSA in 1863: http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/swayze/menu.html . The title is:

Hill & Swayze's Confederate States Rail-Road & Steam-Boat Guide, Containing the Time-Tables, Fares, Connections and Distances on all the Rail-Roads of the Confederate States; also, the Connecting Lines of Rail-Roads, Steam-Boats and Stages. And Will Be Accompanied by a Complete Guide to the Principal Hotels, with a Large Variety of Valuable Information, Collected, Compiled and Arranged by J. C. Swayze. Griffin, Ga.: Hill & Swayze, Publishers, 1862.

For a collection of on-line historical maps, go here: http://scarlett.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/maps.html .

Joe Bartolini West Columbis, SC

-- Joe Bartolini (jbart@sc.rr.com), February 01, 2002.

Might I suggest "Mr. Lincoln"s Military Railroads", a pictoral history of United States Civil War Railroads. by Roy Meredith and Arthur Meredith. IT might fit your needs quite well. I have this book and it contains a wealth of information about the RR involved in the Civil War and how the Union and Confederates used them to their own advantage.

-- Walt Rogers (wjriii@verizon.net), January 31, 2002.

The "Official Military Atlas of The Civil War" will have the maps you need and can be found in almost all libraries and purchased from most book stores.

-- Randall Bass (Ribatgap2@aol.com), January 30, 2002.

Do you have a copy of George Abdill's "Railroads of the Civil War"...usually not very difficult to find...and relatively cheap....

-- Ted Strickland (tstrickland@pol.net), January 30, 2002.

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