North Carolina

The road's charter was granted in 1849, construction began in 1851 and was completed in 1856. 

The road was a crucial link in supplying Richmond and its army from North Carolina's production and from central South Carolina and westward. When the Piedmont Railroad was completed between Danville, Virginia and Greensboro, North Carolina, the Charlotte to Greensboro section gained even more significance. The road also proved a major source of cotton for Wilmington for payment for blockade runner goods. In late 1864 and 1865, it was the road supplying and moving General Johnston's army in front of Sherman.

Unprecedented traffic, scarcity of supplies, and a reduction of available manpower caused the road to become almost impassable from the fall of 1862 to the spring of 1863. The road was restored when the army was called in and used conscripted labor. By August 1864, the road was evaluated as one of the best roads in the Confederacy (despite the common problem of worn rails).

The road added at least 5 locomotives by lease from captured roads or purchase from the Confederate government. 179 cars were added, by lease, government loan or production in the road's own shops, through 1862. Even so, the road needed at least four more locomotives and 100 more cars to meet its load requirements.

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Black's Number 20 (map)
Track 240 miles of 4 foot 8 inch gauge 60# T-rail
Locomotives 23; 35 names
Cars 313
Stations 29
Officers All for all years
Slave Hires 1862, 1864
Locomotive Usage 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864
Passengers 1861 - 1865
Tredegar Purchases All
Foundry Castings 1861 - 1862
Annual Reports
6-1-61 Examining Committee
6-1-61 President
6-1-62 Examining Committee
6-1-62 President
6-1-62 Superintendent
6-1-63 Examining Committee
6-1-63 President
6-1-64 Examining Committee
6-1-64 President
6-1-65 Examining Committee
6-1-65 President
Significant Documents
NP, CC 1-7-61
NP, CW 1-8A-61
NP, WD 1-8-61
NP, NCW 1-29A-61
NP, RD 2-14-61
NP, RD 2-28-61
NA, NC 5-3-61
NP, RD 5-30-61
LVA, TRED 6-18-61
NP, CW 7-1-61
NP, CW 7-8-61
NP, RSTD 7-10-61
NP, RSTD 7-10B-61
NP, CW 7-18-61
NP, GP 7-18-61
NP, RD 7-19-61
NP, RSTD 7-24-61
NP, RSTD 7-31-61
NA, QM 9-3A-61
NP, RD 9-23B-61
NP, RSTD 10-30B-61
NP, RR 11-2-61
NP, RSTD 11-6B-61
NP, CW 11-18-61
NP, CW 11-25-61
NA, QMR 11-30-61
NP, WJ 12-17-61
NP, RSTD 12-18-61
NA, CSN 12-26-61
NP, WJ 1-4-62
NP, DB 1-9E-62
NP, CW 1-20-62
NP, CW 1-27-62
NP, WD 1-28-62
NA, W&W 1-29-62
NP, RSTD 1-29A-62
NP, CW 2-3A-62
NP, GP 2-11-62
NP, HR 2-12-62
NP, RR 2-12-62
NP, RSTD 2-12-62
NP, RSTD 2-12A-62
NP, CM 2-13-62
NP, GP 2-13-62
NP, GP 2-13A-62
NP, RR 2-15B-62
NP, RR 2-15C-62
NP, CW 2-17-62
NP, RSTD 3-5-62
NA, RR 3-27-62
NP, RR 3-29A-62
NA, QM 4-2-62
NP, RSJ 4-2-62
NP, RSJ 4-5-62
NP, WJ 4-7A-62
NA, RR 4-16-62
NA, QMR 4-17-62
NP, RR 4-19-62
NP, RSTD 4-30-62
NA, RR 5-1A-62
NA, RR 5-5-62
NA, SWT 5-8-62
NA, SWR 5-9-62
NA, SWT 5-9-62
NP, GP 5-22-62
NP, WJ 5-23-62
NP, CW 5-26-62
NA, QMR 6-2-62
NP, RSTD 6-4C-62
NP, GP 6-5-62
NP, HT 6-6-62
NP, CW 6-9-62
NP, WJ 6-11-62
NA, QMR 6-17-62
NP, RR 6-21-62
NP, RSTD 7-2-62
NA, QMR 7-3-62
NP, GP 7-3-62
NA, RR 7-8A-62
NP, RR 7-9-62
NP, RSTD 7-9-62
NP, RSTD 7-9B-62
NP, RSTD 7-9C-62
NP, GP 7-10-62
NP, WJ 7-10-62
NP, CW 7-14-62
NP, WJ 7-14-62
NP, GP 7-17-62
NP, RR 7-16-62
NP, WJ 7-19-62
NA, RR 7-21-62
NP, RSTD 7-23-62
NA, DNV 7-27-62
NA, QMR 7-28-62
NA, RR 8-4-62
NA, QMR 8-12-62
NP, RSTD 8-13-62
NP, GP 8-14-62
NA, QMR 8-15B-62
NA, QMR 8-18-62
NA, QMR 8-28B-62
NA, QMR 8-29A-62
NA, QMR 8-29B-62
NA, NC 8-30-62
NA, QMR 9-8A-62
NP, CM 9-12-62
NA, CSN 9-19-62
NP, RR 10-4-62
NA, QMR 10-7A-62
NA, QMR 10-7B-62
NP, RSTD 10-8A-62
NP, CW 10-13A-62
NA, QMR 10-15-62
NP, RR 10-15-62
NP, RSTD 10-15-62
NP, GP 10-16C-62
NA, ENG 10-22-62
NP, RSTD 10-22-62
NP, RSTD 10-29A-62
NA, RR 11-16A-62
NA, RR 11-19-62
NA, RR 11-27-62
NA, W&M 12-4-62
NP, RSJ 12-15-62
NP, RSTD 12-17-62
NA, RR 12-19-62
NP, RSTD 1-13-63
NP, RSTD 1-20-63
NP, RSTD 1-20B-63
NP, RSTD 1-21-63
NP, RSTD 1-21A-63
NP, RR 1-28-63
NA, RR 2-6-63
RRBA 2-20-1863
NP, WD 1-20A-63
NA, RRB 2-22-63
NP, LV 1-24-63
NA, SWT 2-5-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 18, Page 874
B7, NC 2-26-63
NA, SWR 3-3-63
NA, NC 3-12-63
NP, CW 3-16A-63
NP, RS 3-18-63
NP, FO 3-19-63
NP, GP 3-21-63
NA, SWR 3-31-63
OR Series 4, Vol. 2, Page 483
OR Series 4, Vol. 2, Page 487
AR, WNC 4-18-63
AR, R&G 4-20-63
AR, R&G 4-21-63
NP, RSTD 4-28-63
NP, RR 5-2-63
NA, RR 5-4B-63
NA, QMR 5-7-63
NA, QMR 5-7A-63
NP, WD 5-12-63
NA, QMR 5-26A-63
NP, WD 5-26-63
NA, QMR 6-5-63
NA, MG 6-11-63
NP, RSTD 6-23B-63
NA, QM 6-24-63
NP, RR 6-24-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 27, Part 3, Page 939
NA, CSN 6-29-63
NP, CW 6-29-63
NP, GP 7-2-63
NA, QMR 7-8B-63
NA, QMR 7-11-63
NP, CW 7-13-63
NP, RSTD 7-14-63
NP, RSTD 7-16-63
NP, FO 7-16-63
NP, RS 7-23A-63
LVA, RRB 8-6-63
NP, DB 8-10B-63
NCA, RRB 8-25-63
NP, WD 8-25A-63
NCA, RRB 8-29-63
NP, RSTD 9-1-63
NCA, RRB 9-8-63
NCA, RRB 9-10-63
NA, RR 9-19A-63
NCA, RRB 9-29-63
NCA, RRB 10-19-63
NCA, RRB 10-25-63
NCA, RRB 10-26-63
NP, FO 10-29-63
NCA, RRB 11-3-63
NA, RRB 11-25A-63
NA, SWR 11-28-63
NA, ENG 12-1B-63
NA, QM 12-12-63
NP, GP 12-24A-63
NA, NC 1-8-64
NA, QM 1-9A-64
NA, ENG 1-28-64
NP, RCF 1-29-64
NA, QMR 2-2C-64
NA, NC 2-3-64
NA, QMR 2-4-64
NA, QMR 2-5-64
NA, CS 2-8-64
NA, NC 2-10-64
NA, QMR 2-12A-64
NA, QMR 2-12B-64
NP, RD 2-15-64
NA, NC 2-16-64
NA, QMR 2-18-64
NA, NC 2-22-64
NA, QM 2-24-64
NA, NC 3-8-64
NA, QMR 3-12A-64
NA, QM 3-18A-64
NA, QM 3-22-64
NA, QM 3-25A-64
NA, ENG 4-2B-64
NA, QMR 4-7-64
NA, CS 4-9-64
NA, QM 4-9-64
NA, CS 4-11-64
NA, CS 4-13-64
NA, QMR 4-13-64
NP, RCF 4-13-64
NP, GP 4-14A-64
NA, CS 4-15-64
NA, CS 4-19-64
NA, MG 4-20-64
NA, CS 4-21-64
NA, QMR 4-29-64
NA, CS 4-30-64
NA, CS 5-1-64
NP, CW 5-2-64
NA, QMR 5-5C-64
NA, QM 6-1-64
NP, RD 6-2-64
NP, RCS 6-22-64
NP, CWG 6-28B-64
NP, RCS 6-29-64
NP, GP 6-30-64
NA, QM 7-8-64
NA, QM 7-9-64
NA, DSCGF 7-10-64
NA, DSCGF 7-10A-64
NA, ENGR 7-11-64
NP, CW 7-11-64
NP, CW 7-11A-64
NP, CM 7-16-64
NP, RCS 7-20-64
NP, RCS 7-20A-64
NP, RCS 7-20B-64
NP, GP 7-21-64
NA, ENG 7-24-64
NA, QM 7-25-64
NA, QM 7-26B-64
NP, RCS 7-27-64
NA, MG 7-31A-64
OR Series 4, Vol. 3, Page 598
NA, NC 9-6-64
NP, CW 9-12-64
NA, ENGR 9-25-64
NA, QM 9-28-64
NA, SWR 10-10-64
NA, SWR 10-13-64
NA, NC 10-18-64
NA, SW 10-18-64
NA, SWR 10-21-64
NA, QMR 10-25B-64
NA, QM 10-27-64
NA, QMR 11-12B-64
NA, ENGR 11-25-64
NP, RCF 12-14-64
NA, SWR 12-15-64
NA, QM 12-15-64
NP, LV 12-25-64
OR Series 1, Vol. 40, Part 3, Page 1319
OR Series 1, Vol. 42, Part 3, Page 1334
NA, QMR 12-30A-64
NA, QM 12-31B-64
NA, W&W 12-31-64
NA, QM 1-2A-65
NA, QM 1-2B-65
NA, RRB 1-3-65
NA, QM 1-4A-65
NA, QMR 1-5C-65
NP, RCF 1-6-65
OR Series 1, Vol. 46, Part 2, Page 1026
NA, QMR 1-12C-65
NP, AC 1-15-65
NP, CO 1-16-65
NP, CO 1-16A-65
NP, CO 1-16D-65
NP, RSTD 1-18-65
NA, QMR 1-19B-65
NP, RCF 1-20-65
NA, RRB 1-23-65
NP, RD 1-23-65
NP, CO 1-23-65
NA, RRB 1-26A-65
NP, CR 1-26B-65
NP, RCF 1-30-65
COC, C&S 1-x-65
NA, RRB 2-4-65
NA, RRB 2-4A-65
NA, CS 2-5-64
NP, CO 2-6-65
NP, CO 2-6A-65
NP, RCF 2-7A-65
NA, RRB 2-13-65
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1223
NA, QMR 2-19-65
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1231
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1239
OR Series 2, Vol. 8, Page 287
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1246
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1249
NP, MT 2-27-65
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1290
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1311
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1312
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1313
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 1, Page 1052
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1321
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1323
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1324
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1328
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1329
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1330
NP, MAP 3-6-65
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 1, Page 1080
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1331
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1334
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1343
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1344
NP, AC 3-8-65
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1360
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 1, Page 1053
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1365
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1368
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1374
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1378
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1393
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1400
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1407
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1408
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1425
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1444
NA, SWT 3-23-65
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 693
LVA, NC 3-26-65
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 712
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 723
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 724
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 726
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 789
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 790
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 790A
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 791
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 796
OR Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 812
OR Series 3, Vol. 5,  Page 933

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