- Mar 16, 2016
What was done post war with the non-mobile material used to repair Confederate roads? Reason I ask is looking at this map...
...this is just what the USMRR repaired in 1865.
An Act of Congress of 31 January 1862 authorized President Abraham Lincoln to seize control of the railroads and telegraph for military use in January 1862. In practice, however, the USMRR restricted its authority to Southern rail lines captured in the course of the war.
...by war’s end the USMRR exercised control over a network of more than 2,000 miles of military railroads and captured Southern rail lines.
This thread was about the auctioning off of locos and rolling stock...
After the war, what was done with these repaired lines? Was the trackage taken up? Were the repairs 'billed' to the original owning lines? Were USMRR efforts 'gifted' to them? If the last is what happened, it certainly gave those lines a leg up in returning their antebellum economic status.
Thanks for your time,