The Railroads of the Confederacy


The only comprehensive history of the South's use of railroads during the Civil War.

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The only comprehensive history of the South's use of railroads during the Civil War.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[Explores the] subject with commendable thoroughness.

American Historical Review

Black has provided the historian with a valuable reference on an important phase of the Confederacy.

Mississippi Valley Historical Review

A valuable addition to the Civil War shelf. Thorough in its research, it scrutinizes a vital phase of the rebellion.

Chicago Tribune

Eminently worthy of study by those interested in either railroads or the Civil War.

New York Times

The author's study of nearly a half century ago still stands as a comprehensive redress of a void in the literature on the critical role of the railroads in the US Civil War. Includes a new forward by G.W. Gallagher (Penn State U.). Contains some illustrations, contemporary photographs of sites, facsimiles, and maps; appends information on Texas railroads. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807847299
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 854,200
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Black III lives in Denver, Colorado. His books include The Younger John Winthrop.

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Table of Contents


1. Railroads through Dixie
2. Of Tracks and Trains
3. Of Men and Methods
4. Of Dollars and Cents
5. The Iron Horse Goes Forth to War
6. Transportation Emergency—First Phase
7. Profits, Losses, and Shortages
8. Colonel Myers Faces Chaos
9. William M. Wadley
10. Expanding Difficulties
11. Concentrations
12. Wartime Construction Programs
13. Frederick W. Sims
14. Steam Cars to Glory
15. The Iron Horse Stumbles
16. The Treasure Hunt for Iron
17. The Downgrade Steepens
18. The Failure of a Bureaucracy
19. Hard Faith and Soft Iron
20. To Sea and Tennessee
21. The Final Effort
22. End of Track
Appendix. A Note on Texas Railroads

A Drawing and Facsimiles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    Best available book on the subject.

    Very good book. Even though you know the outcome, you want to keep reading. An old book that has been repritned, but still valuable. Maps are good. More photos would be helpful.

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