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Tue Jan 14 17:04:27 EST 2014

To fill in some blanks (if you forgot the Disney movie) the next time y'all
are heading to/from ATL go via I75 and stop off at Worth the visit. About 30 minutes north
of ATL and a source of information on military railroading in the Civil
War. It wasn't all like "The Horse Soldiers" with John Wayne.

Some of you might find the attached of interest - during my tour from 70-71.

*Ed Svitil*
*Norfolk & Western Railway*


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Subject: Re: Arthur
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:30:08 -0500
From: nw-mailing-list at

As another Army retiree, I agree with what you postulate. No point in
making extra work for your side when you may need the tunnel! Another
consideration might be that tunnels provided probably the shortest way for
infantry and other light forces to get from point A to point B,even after
the railroad was not usable.


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Subject: Re: Arthur


I am no military genius [just a retired SGM] but I would guess the Armies
of either side were willing to destroy infrastructure that could be
rebuilt. If the North blew up a bridge in a raid and later occupied the
territory, they could rebuild it for their own use. If a retreating army
destroyed bridges and buildings, and "pretzelized" the rails and burned the
ties, they could always rebuild the track if they re-occupied the
territory. Blow up a tunnel.. you have made the line impassible for
yourself later in the campaign.

Just a guess.... don't destroy things YOU might need later that can not be

Maybe some TC or CE can speak to the subject... I was a tank commander in
my combat unit.
Jim Stapleton
On 1/4/2014 10:40 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:

Why isn't there more mentioning of destroying tunnels in Civil War reports
relative to the raids on V&T? It was depots burned, bridges burned, cars
and locos destroyed and miles of rails torn up. Cavalry didn't carry
enough black power to blow them up?
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