NP, RD 2/1/1865

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch
February 1, 1865
Augusta, Georgia, January24, 1865
   The late freshet has not only seriously interfered with military movements, but, for a time, it put a complete stop to all travel by railway. Nearly every part of this town was under water, while the whole of Hamburg, on the opposite side of the river, was submerged to the depth of six or ten feet. The people in both places are still engaged in pumping out the water from the cellars and repairing the damages done by the flood. Now that the railways have been put in running order again, the rush of travelers and mail matter is overwhelming. The trains, station-houses, hotels and wayside homes are overflowed by the mighty multitude, crowding and jostling each other; and he is considered a happy mortal who secures standing-room in a box-car, or a chair at a hotel on which to snatch a little sleep. So much for the freshet.
   The injury done by Sherman to the railway lines in Georgia has not yet been repaired. The railways from Macon {Macon & Western RR} and Montgomery {Montgomery & West Point RR and Atlanta & West Point RR} to Atlanta will soon be in running order again; but it will require several months to restore the upper end of the line between this city and Atlanta. No effort has been made thus far to relay the track of the Georgia Central railroad {Central (of Georgia} between Gordon, a station twenty miles below Macon, and Millen {90 miles}. Until these gaps can be closed up, the Government is forced to rely upon wagon trains, which are doing all that could be expected at this rainy period of the year.
   But the heavy rains have embarrassed the operations of the enemy as well as of ourselves. The freshet which did so much damage to bridges and railways in the hill country, where the water was confined to narrow channels, upon approaching the coast, spread out over wide tracts of level country, and rendered all movements across the direction of the water-course wholly impossible for sometime. For this reason there need be no apprehensions of an immediate raid from Savannah into Southwestern Georgia, the teeming granary of the Confederate States. This enforced delay on the part of the enemy will give our authorities time to prepare for a movement into that part of the State, which there is every reason to believe will be undertaken as soon as the waters subside.