Harnessing The Iron Horse For

Robert Lee Steamer

When war erupted, both sides scrambled to turn the disjointed private rail networks into viable military transportation systems. Both governments were aided by the fact that many of their senior commanders had been railroad men before the war graduates of West Point, especially to the Corps of Engineers, were highly sought-after , but were impeded by the fact that many corrupt politicians owned railroad companies. To a large extent the railroad companies retained their autonomy and kept their...