The Richmond and Danville Railroad was one of the most traveled railroads in Virginia, its stock of locomotives and passenger cars only surpassed by the Virginia Central and the Virginia and Tennessee railroads. By 1861 the Richmond and Danville Railroad contained twenty-three locomotives, eighteen passenger cars, six mail and baggage cars, and 328 box and flat cars. The rail's extensive stock was often used to convey large freights, particularly coal, into and out of the Confederate capital.
The Richmond and Danville, an instrumental Confederate transportation tool, accommodated the government's daunting tasks, which included the movement of large numbers of supplies and troops. The Confederacy quickly recognized the importance of this rail line, and in 1861 the government sought to replace its thirteen-year-old iron tracks. These improvements provided a more efficient means of travel for the railroads' patrons, chiefly the military.
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- APA Citation:
Bocian, M. Richmond and Danville Railroad during the Civil War. (2015, October 27). In Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved from http://www.EncyclopediaVirginia.org/Richmond_and_Danville_Railroad_During_the_Civil_War.
- MLA Citation:
Bocian, Meredith. "Richmond and Danville Railroad during the Civil War." Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 27 Oct. 2015. Web. READ_DATE.
First published: June 8, 2009 | Last modified: October 27, 2015
Contributed by Meredith Bocian, a doctoral student at Auburn University, pursuing a degree in nineteenth-century United States history.