Monday, January 20, 2014

January 16, 1864 (Friday): Rail Wars In Georgia

Georgia State Capital-Milledgeville

RICHMOND, VA., January 16, 1864.
Governor BROWN,
Milledgeville, Ga.:
     General Johnston has notified me that unless the management of the State railroad from Atlanta is improved he will be compelled to fall back for want of supplies. The Quartermaster-General has been directed to offer to you any assistance he can furnish. The vital interest of Georgia is at stake, and I ask for the matter your prompt attention.


Official Records, Series I., Vol. 52, Part 2, Page 602.

Brown replied by saying Johnston's charges were without merit.  He went to say Confederate officers had taken from the state rails and lost on other roads eight or best engines and over two hundred cars.  Brown demanded two engines and fifty good cars be placed on Georgia railroads by the Confederate government.  Not until then, said the governor, could Johnston's supplies move promptly.  Ironically, for a secession movement founded on a suspicion of centralized government, the decentralized nature of the Confederacy increasingly worked against it as supplies dwindled and war weariness set it.  States increasingly became more hostile toward Richmond.


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