Stephen H. Long
Railroads, Atlantic to the Mississippi: Letter from the Secretary of War Transmitting a Report in Relation to the Survey of Certain Routes for railroads from the Atlantic to the Mississippi…
Gales & Seaton
Col. Long was a busy man in the early railroad era, along with the rest of the Army Engineers. This report examines railroads in the South that would cross the Appalachian Mountains to reach the Mississippi River. The fact that the survey was done, at the request of the House, shows that despite a lack of widespread enthusiasm for railroads in much of the South, it was evident that railroads were crucial to the region’s economy.