GDG- Supoplying the armies
georgeconnell at mac.com
Sat Jan 28 09:46:24 CST 2012
Very interesting. Thank you.
On Jan 28, 2012, at 10:36 AM, CWMHTours at aol.com wrote:
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> Andy brought up the procedures of supplying the armies.
> At the risk of boring people with another DC story there is something
> mildly weird in Alexandria. Along the Potomac is a small ridge maybe 15-20
> feet high. I think it is millions of years old alluvial silt deposits from
> the Potomac flooding when the water level was higher.
> On Wilkes St there is a tunnel through it where the other streets go over
> it. Always wondered about it then I found out that before the CW the
> tracks of the O&A RR ran through the tunnel to docks on the Potomac. During the
> war vessels would come up and offload directly into the freight cars and
> the stuff shipped directly out to the Union armies. Then there were some
> hospital cars that would be pushed through the tunnels, placed onto barges
> where steam tugs would move them up to places like Balt or Philly.
> How much H Haupt had to do with this I don't know. They would load
> freight cars onto the barges- they would be loaded perpendicular to the hull of
> the barge. From there they would be sent to Fredericksburg or City Point
> where they would be put back on the tracks.
> By @ 1863 the tracks of the B&O were extended across the Potomac into
> Alexandria and connected with the O&A.
> Hope you find this story interesting.
> A Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
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