Every railroad station had an agent of that railroad
assigned. His jobs were to receive freight from the countryside,
load freight onto his railroad's cars, receive freight from arriving
cars, distribute arriving freight to recipients, operate the
station's storeroom/storehouse, sell tickets to passengers and
supervise the slaves assigned to assist him with the station's
When a station became particularly important to the
movement of government freight, the railroad's agent had to make
decisions about which government freight to load and forward. This
was particularly important when two railroads met at the station or
significant wagon or water traffic had to interface with the
Since the government had requirements for freight to be
forwarded in particular, and changing, orders, an officer of the
government was necessary to ensure that government needs were met by
the railroads. At small or low volume stations, this officer would
usually be the Army Post Quartermaster. When business became
particularly heavy, either a Quartermaster was assigned to the
transportation duties or a Transportation Agent was hired.
Below are civilian men who were hired by the
Quartermaster General or the Chief of Railroad Transportation. Many
dates are uncertain, especially the end of service dates.
||Columbia, S. C.
||Dec. 1861 - Jan. 1863
||Columbia, S. C.
||March, 1864 - February, 1865?
||December, 1863 - January, 1865
||West Point, Ga.
||October, 1862 - December, 1862?
||November, 1863 - end of war
|C. S. England
||February, 1862 - July, 1862
||Florence, S. C.
||October, 1863 - end of war
||Virginia Central RR in Richmond
||December, 1861 - early 1862
||July, 1861 - December, 1864?
||Traveling Agent in Virginia
||December, 1862 - captured July, 1863
|D. H. Kenney
||Charlotte, N. C.
||April, 1862 - May, 1862/January, 1863
|L. R. Lucas
||November, 1861 - March, 1862
||Salisbury, N. C.
||April, 1862 - June, 1862
||Company Shops, N. C.
||July, 1863 - October, 1863
|John W. Pugh
||Weldon, N. C.
||December, 1863 - end of war
|Thomas G. Pugh
||Gaston, N. C.
||January, 1864 - end of war
|J. W. Rogers
||Grand Junction, Tenn./Coffeeville, Miss.
||November, 1861 - November, 1862
||Kingville, S. C.
||February, 1862? - April, 1864 (end of war?)
|W. D. Tappe
||May, 1862? - June, 1863
||Wilmington, N. C.
||February, 1862? - January, 1863
||Kingsville, S. C.
||May, 1864 - end of war
||November, 1862 - end of war