NP, AC 7/21A/1864

From the Augusta Constitutionalist
July 21, 1864
Montgomery & West Point Railroad
   This road runs from the capital of Alabama to the small and insignificant town of West Point, on the western border of Georgia, a distance of forty-eight or fifty miles. West Point lies on both sides of the Chattahoochee, and although there is barely enough of it to make a division, yet part of it is in Alabama and part in Georgia. The railroad to Montgomery was constructed thirty-five years ago, but it was of no commercial or military importance until after the Memphis & Charleston was cut and seized by the enemy, which forced all traffic and travel between the eastern and western geographical divisions of the Confederacy over that line.
   The track is four inches more narrow than all the other roads in the South, and consequently the company can use only its own cars -- everything and everybody being obliged to change cars either at Montgomery or West Point as they case may be.
   The raid of the enemy upon it will, if successful in destroying the rolling stock, be very disastrous to us indeed. That raid, we think, was for the purpose of destroying the road in order to intercept the long expected reinforcements from the trans-Mississippi for Gen. Hood's army.
   Sherman cannot afford to send off such a formidable expedition as would be necessary to release the Yankee prisoners in Georgia. He has a frail tenure upon Georgia. Like a ball suspended by a ??? would precipitate the whole into ruin. Obliged, therefore, to hold his cavalry well in hand in order to protect the lines of communication, he can only order them out on short raids, with instructions to hurry back to the base of operations as speedily as possible.
   The Chattahoochee at West Point is the size of the Ocmuigee at Macon. A railroad and a foot bridge crosses it, which we presume are strongly guarded. Until we hear the extent of the raid, no speculations as to when the trains will again pass over the road would be intelligent.
Macon Confederate