On the 10th of April movements toward the interior were resumed, and the railroad opened to Raleigh, forty-eight miles from Goldsborough, April 19. Eight miles of torn-up track were relaid in this distance.
Various repairs were made to other railroads in North Carolina, but shortly after the surrender of General Johnston's army the Construction Corps was disbanded and the transportation force reduced to its minimum.
The total length of railroads opened and used in this department was as follows:
Name of line. From - To - Length.
Atlantic and North Morehead Goldsborough Miles.
Wilmington and Weldon Wilmington ...do... 95
North Carolina Goldsborough Hillsborough 88
Raleigh and Gaston Raleigh Cedar Creek 25
Total ... ... 293
In rebuilding and repairing the above lines 33 miles of track were relaid, and 2991 lineal feet of bridges built, consuming 779,510 feet (B. M.) timber.
At Morehead City the Construction Corps built a wharf covering an area of 53,682 square feet, consuming 700,000 feet (B. M.) timber, and costing $ 32,086.
The following table shows the number of persons employed each month in this department and the amount paid for their services:
Month. Number of Amount paid.
1865. 2,145 $ 144,754.10
March 2,839 225,783.16
April 3,328 220,986.38
May 3,387 144,097.66
June 1,437 94,152.75
Total 13,136 829,774.05
Monthly average 2,625 165,954.81
V. - MISSOURI.
In October, 1864, orders were received to have the bridges rebuilt which had been destroyed by the rebels on the main line of the Pacific Railroad of Missouri and its Southwestern Branch.
This work required the construction of 1,680 lineal feet of truss bridges, which, with the cost of replacing trestles carried away by floods and other incidental expenses, amounted to $ 170,564.65.
VI. - ARKANSAS.
The only line used in this department for military purposes was a portion of the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad between Devall's Bluff, on White River, and Little Rock, forty-nine miles long.