Originally published by UNC Press in 1952, "The Railroads of the Confederacy" tells the story of the first use of railroads on a major scale in a major war. Robert Black presents a complex and fascinating tale, with the railroads of the American South playing the part of tragic hero in the Civil War: at first vigorous though immature; then overloaded, driven unmercifully, starved for iron; and eventually worn out--struggling on to inevitable destruction in the wake of Sherman's army, carrying the Confederacy down with them. ...
Originally published by UNC Press in 1952, "The Railroads of the Confederacy" tells the story of the first use of railroads on a major scale in a major war. Robert Black presents a complex and fascinating tale, with the railroads of the American South playing the part of tragic hero in the Civil War: at first vigorous though immature; then overloaded, driven unmercifully, starved for iron; and eventually worn out--struggling on to inevitable destruction in the wake of Sherman's army, carrying the Confederacy down with them. With maps of all the Confederate railroads and contemporary photographs and facsimiles of such documents as railroad tickets, timetables, and soldiers' passes, the book will captivate railroad enthusiasts as well as readers interested in the Civil War.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. This old book with dust jacket is clean, solid, and in great shape! This is a hardcover book with 360 pages including several illustrations and a fold-out in back. The binding is strong with all pages firmly attached. The pages are clean with no soiling, writing, or tears. The dust jacket is clean with some light edgewear and a couple very tiny chips. Overall, the dust jacket is about 99% intact. The DJ has been placed in a fresh mylar jacket.
Good in good dust jacket. Ex-library. Usual library markings, including "Discarded" stamp on title page. Binding is tight. Cover has been taped; added empty envelope tipped in front. Jacket is worn. Cloth over boards, sewn binding; 360 p. : illus., ports., maps, facsims.; 25 cm. Includes bibliogrpahy and index. Without thesis statement. Bibliography: p. 344-352.
Small 4to. Stiff glazed pictorial wrappers. xiv, 360pp. Illustrations, maps, large foldout map. Near fine. Tight, handsome reprint of this 1952 University of North Carolina study, which Archer Jones critiqued as "An able and detailed treatment of the management, difficulties, and significance of Southern railways, with emphasis on the railways themselves." This copy bears a choice autograph addition: Tipped opposite the title page is an Autograph Note Signed from Black, 1p, heavy stock 5½" X 3¼" postal card, New York, NY,  February 14. Addressed to Arnold Gates (1914-93, Lincoln and Civil War scholar, officer of the New York City Civil War Round Table). Near fine. Preprinted reply card for attending a Civil War Round Table meeting at the New York University Faculty Club. Black indicates he cannot attend, signs boldly at the close and pens a postscript: "P.S. In reply to your inquiry, I was in Jamaica, B.W.I., for 6 days. Lots of fun! But no monuments to C.S. soldiers." Black (1915-2001) was long-time history professor at Trinity College (1950-67) and authored four history titles, of which this was the best known. NEVINS I, 5.
Very Good-in Good dust jacket. 8vo 360 pp; Water stain on bottom edge of front board, tiny 1/2" waterstain on front board, waterstain on fore edge. Interior is unaffected except the top corner of pg 81 and the edge of the front endpage. Some occasional toning from newspaper clippings stored in book. DJ is faded on the spine and edges of front panel and has general wear and scuffing. Short horizontal tear on DJ spine, water staining on rear panel and front inside flap, and also on the inside of the jacket, not visible when jacket is on book. Still a nice book in tight binding. DJ protected in clear Brodart cover.
The Civil War was a railroad war from beginning to end. The noble names of the Confederate wood-burning locomotives showed the pride of a new nation, and their clanging bells rang the death knell of a lost cause. 360 pages with maps, photographic plates, notes, bibliography and index. Foldout map tipped onto the rear endpaper. Very good in a near very good dust jacket with small chips and wear.
The Railroads of the Confederacy
by Robert C Black, III
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