The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South.pdf
"This book holds appeal within the market segments of both railroad and U. S. Civil War scholars and enthusiasts, especially in view of the attention that will be generated by the forthcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial activities." - John Spychalski, Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University "As a researcher and railroad history writer, Grant is one of the best." - Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., author of The Railroad That Never Was: Vanderbilt, Morgan, and the South Pennsylvania Railroad
H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of 30 books, including Visionary Railroader (IUP, 2008), Iowa's Railroads (with Don L. Hofsommer) (IUP, 2009), and Railroads and the American People (IUP, 2012).
Preface Acknowledgments 1. Slow, Difficult and Dangerous Travel 2. A Rail Road? 3. Knoxville, 1836 4. Surveys, Finances and Construction 5. Crisis and Contraction 6. What Happened 7. What Might Have Happened Notes Index
Among the grand antebellum plans to build railroads to interconnect the vast American republic, perhaps none was more ambitious than the Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston. The route was intended to link the cotton-producing South and the grain and livestock growers of the Old Northwest with traders and markets in the East, creating economic opportunities along its 700-mile length. But then came the Panic of 1837, and the project came to a halt. H. Roger Grant tells the incredible story of this singular example of "railroad fever" and the remarkable visionaries whose hopes for connecting North and South would require more than half a century - and one Civil War - to reach fruition.