Stephen H. Long
Letter from Lieut. Col. S. H. Long, U.S. Topographical Engineer, to Philip E. Thomas, Esq., On The Subjects of Rail Roads
US Army engineer, Stephen H. Long, wrote this report to Philip Thomas of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad shortly after the company was incorporated. The document itself is a fairly standard engineering analysis of the proposed project in general, but it is a wonderful piece showing the Federal investment in transportation that took place in the 1820’s. Army engineers were sent out to help many infrastructure projects throughout the decade to help improve transportation.