Significant Events in the Life of the Confederate Railroads
4/25/1861 First railroad convention sets rates for Government travel
7/18/1861 W. S. Ashe appointed first Confederate coordinator of rail transportation
1861-1862 Capture of Baltimore & Ohio RR and US Army rolling stock and its movement south
1861-1865 The continuous blockade of the South, requiring the large quantity of goods that had pre-war gone by ship and boat to go by rail
4/6 & 11/1862 Union victory at Shiloh and capture of Huntsville, Al., severing the Memphis & Charleston RR, the only all-rail connection from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic seaboard
4/25/1862 Union capture of New Orleans, breaking the mostly rail route from the populous part of Texas to the eastern Confederacy
6/20/1862 Establishment of the Confederate Locomotive Shops in Raleigh, N. C. to keep the government-owned rolling stock operating
12/3/1862 W. M. Wadley appointed second Confederate coordinator of rail transportation
1862-1864 The conversion from growing cotton to growing food and the great increase in railroad effort required to move the food to where it was needed
2/2/1863 The disestablishment of the Confederate Locomotive Shops
5/14/1863 Union capture of Jackson, Miss., isolating hundreds of pieces of rolling stock in northern Mississippi for the rest of the war.
5?/?/1863 The establishment of the Iron Commission to formalize the removal of rails from some railroads in order to keep other roads running
6/4/1863 F. W. Sims appointed third Confederate coordinator of rail transportation
9/2/1863 Union capture of Knoxville, breaking the most direct link between Atlanta and Richmond
late 1863 The receipt of railroad supplies through the blockade, primarily as a result of the John M. Robinson trip to England
5/19/1864 Completion of the Piedmont RR (Greensboro, N. C. to Danville, Va.)
11/15 - 12/13/1864 Sherman's raid through southeastern Georgia, causing so much railroad destruction that his route was not crossed by rail again until after the war
12/21/1864 Sherman's capture of Savannah, causing, in conjunction with the above event, the isolation of Florida and southern Georgia from the northeastern Confederacy
1865 Vast destruction of railroads in South Carolina, by Sherman, and in Alabama, by Wilson.