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RAILROAD SURVEYOR'S MANUSCRIPT LOG, WITH MAPS AND NOTES SHOWING THE ENVIRONS OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE AND BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS].
[Around Nashville & Boston. 1862-1863]. - 82pp. Oblong octavo. Contemporary sheep over limp boards. Extremities lightly worn. Several leaves loose. Minor internal soiling. Very good. A manuscript log of surveys made around Nashville, Tennessee and the battlefield at Shiloh, containing topographical sketches which include descriptions of land forms and elevations, structures, military encampments, and transportation routes. The maps include surveying measurements and annotations in the margins, with labels for local towns and landmarks such as mansions or parade grounds. The author includes estimates of costs for the work to be done, such as grading, land acquisition, superstructure, station buildings, and equipment costs. He has additionally sketched a cross-section of a pontoon, noting the way in which it is used to bridge a river. In addition to notes on Nashville, there are surveys made for the Dighton & Somerset railroad in Massachusetts, and other projects around the area. The author has transcribed a letter to William Cobb of Dighton, Massachusetts in which he indicates the potential proximity of the railroad to Cobb's house. An interesting and informative document, of considerable interest for Civil War railroad construction.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
Last Found On: 2014-10-10           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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