Trains, Ships, and Wagons
By: Micheal Archer

  The trains of today are not very common around here. Their used for transporting for our soldiers to the front lines to fight for our southern rights. Our trains run through the south bringing goods, people and food to our soldiers.

We use our boats to bring things from port to port. The army has bought most boats for their navil use. One of the boats that our navy took from the bottom of the water from the unioners they put armor on it and made it bulled, or cannon proof. Our country has so much land and so much thick forest and swanps we build railroads. The rails bring us in imports and they bring us goods, soldiers for protection from the North. They also bring us food for our people. We rely on trains so that they can take us places faster than if we road horse and wagon. Horse and wagons are userful if we are just riding into town but if we need to go long distances we need to take a train, or a ship. We have the Mississippi river to take boats and bring us up river or down river to buy or trade things. The boats are also like trains when it comes to our transportation. Railroads are vital to the Confederacy we have 9,000 miles of railroad but lacked steel and factory facilities to replace the rails if they get broken or if we need to replace or build more. Marching troops are accompanied by wagon trains carrying food, ammunition, clothing, medical supplies, and forage for the draft animals. Our usual Army wagon's are about 120 inches long inside, 43 wide, and 22 high. It could carry 2,500 pounds, or 1,500 rations of bread, coffee, sugar, and salt. Under ideal conditions, they are drawn by four horses or six mules.