|John Work Garrett, 1820-1884|
|Letter from John Work Garrett to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, Feb. 1, 1864.|
From the Baltimore & Ohio Records, Misc. Correspondence, Box 2, Folder 10.
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Locomotives Moved Over Turnpike Roads to RichmondThe Confederates had almost undisturbed possession of 100 miles of the [rail]road west of Harpers Ferry, during which time they destroyed all the bridges between that place and Cumberland, and took up and removed to Richmond the iron rails of 40 miles of the track. They also conveyed to Richmond 14 valuable locomotives, in perfect order, which they found in the company’s repair shops at Martinsburg. They accomplished this novel task with extraordinary perseverance and great mechanical skill, as they had to transport these heavy locomotives over the turnpike roads on their own wheels to Strasburg, a distance of fully 40 miles.
Christine Windheuser, Volunteer, Archives Center, National Museum of American History