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Railroad Repairs During the Civil War

Voucher for Railroad Repairs, side 1

This voucher was issued to W. H. Smith in payment for repair work he completed in 1864 for the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company. Union forces damaged the company's railroad bridge crossing the South Anna River in June 1864. The two-sided form indicates that Smith worked on the bridge for twelve and a half days, at $9.50 per day, and earned $118.75. Thirty dollars was deducted from the total, however, making the final payment $88.75. Smith received that amount from the railroad company's treasurer on November 9, 1864.

Original Author: W. H. Smith

Created: November 9, 1864

Medium: Voucher

Courtesy of Library of Virginia

Voucher for Railroad Repairs, side 2

This printed form lists the types of business expenses incurred by the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company. They ranged from salaries, to the purchase of new engines and railroad cars, to the repair of infrastructure. This voucher was issued in the amount of $88.75 to W. H. Smith, who helped repair the company's South Anna River railroad bridge that had been damaged by Union forces in June 1864. Smith submitted this form for payment on November 9, 1864.

Original Author: Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company

Created: November 9, 1864

Medium: Voucher

Courtesy of Library of Virginia

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  • Voucher for Railroad Repairs, side 1

    This voucher was issued to W. H. Smith in payment for repair work he completed in 1864 for the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company. Union forces damaged the company's railroad bridge crossing the South Anna River in June 1864. The two-sided form indicates that Smith worked on the bridge for twelve and a half days, at $9.50 per day, and earned $118.75. Thirty dollars was deducted from the total, however, making the final payment $88.75. Smith received that amount from the railroad company's treasurer on November 9, 1864.

    Original Author: W. H. Smith

    Created: November 9, 1864

    Medium: Voucher

    Courtesy of Library of Virginia

  • Voucher for Railroad Repairs, side 2

    This printed form lists the types of business expenses incurred by the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company. They ranged from salaries, to the purchase of new engines and railroad cars, to the repair of infrastructure. This voucher was issued in the amount of $88.75 to W. H. Smith, who helped repair the company's South Anna River railroad bridge that had been damaged by Union forces in June 1864. Smith submitted this form for payment on November 9, 1864.

    Original Author: Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad Company

    Created: November 9, 1864

    Medium: Voucher

    Courtesy of Library of Virginia