Raleigh and Gaston Railroad.
Quantity. Rate. Total
Iron rails.......tons.. 12 $120 per ton $1,440.00
Chairs.........pounds.. 605 8 cents per 48.40
Spikes..........do.. 905 8 1/2 cents 76.92
Total........ .... ........ 1,565.32
recapitulation of cost of material used and labor performed for construction and maintenance of way on the U. S. military railroads in the Department of North Carolina.
Name of road. From - To - Length. Brid-
Atlantic and Morehead Goldsborough 95 1,288
North Carolina. City
Wilmington and Wilmington ..do.. 85 879
North Carolina. Goldsborough Hillsborough 88 564
Raleigh and Raleigh Cedar Creek 25 532
Total .... ... 293 3,263
Track laid by Government.
Name of From - To - Main Sid- Total.
road. Track. ings.
Miles. Miles Miles.
Atlantic and Morehead Goldsbo- 17.68 4.78 22.46
North City rough
Wilmington Wilmington ..do.. .26 .20 .46
North Goldsbo- Hillsbo- 7.30 .32 7.62
Carolina. rough rough
Raleigh and Raleigh Cedar .10 .05 .15
Total .... .... 25.34 5.35 30.69
Name of From To - Materials. Labor. Total.
Atlan- More- Golsb $234,675.00 $362,366.30 $597,041.00
tic and head o-
North City rough
Wilmin Wilmi ..do.. 5,215.00 105,028.05 110,243.05
North Golds Hillsb 80,832.50 162,433.86 243,266.36
Carolin bor- orough
Raleigh Rale- Cedar 1,565.32 12,000.00 13,565.32
and igh Creek
Total ... ... 322,287.82 641,828.21 964,116.03
The Construction Corps was an organizing created by the necessities of the service. At the beginning of the war no one anticipated the important part that railroads were to play in the various military movements, and it was not until the spring of 1862 that the military railroad organization began to assume a useful shape. The first construction corps was composed of soldiers and was employed in opening the railroad from Aquia Creek to Fredericksburg, and afterward on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. it was soon found, however, that soldiers were not well suited to this kind of service, and in their stead a small force of skilled civilian mechanics and laborers were employed. It was attempted, in the first place, to arm and drill these men, but after a time this was abandoned, as experience showed that men could nor fight and work to advantage at the same time. The value and importance of this working corps was becoming fully known in the East when you took charge of the military railroads in the Southwest. You directed a portion of them to be sent to that