GDG- Supoplying the armies

CWMHTours at aol.com CWMHTours at aol.com
Sat Jan 28 10:16:37 CST 2012


THNX George-
 
I see you don't despair of Jack and still have  hope.
 
You hope to remember that in Jack's world the rivers run  backwards?
 
;-{)   !!!
 
A  Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
Peter  

 
In a message dated 1/28/2012 10:46:50 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
georgeconnell at mac.com writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
Very interesting. Thank  you.

Regards,

George
26ª11'56"N    81ª48'19W"

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,
> Peter
>  
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