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Biography of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad

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The Memphis and Charleston Railroad enjoyed only five years of prosperity before it fell into Union hands very early in the Civil War. From the outset, the Confederate military had acknowledged the importance of the line. "The Memphis and Charleston Road is the vertebrae of the Confederacy," Robert E. Lee's advisors told him, "and must be defended at all hazards." (139) One of the earliest campaigns to seize the M&C lines was mounted by Union General WilliamTecumsah Sherman who in 1862 was ordered to cut the line between Corinth and Iuka, MS. Uncharacteristically, Sherman backed down from the effort, saying "I am satisfied we cannot reach the M&C Road without a considerable engagement, which is prohibited by General Halleck's instructions. (114)

“The Memphis and Charleston Railroad, completed in 1857, was the first railroad in the United States to link the Atlantic Ocean with the Mississippi River. Chartered in 1846 the railroad ran from Memphis, Tennessee to Stevenson, Alabama through the towns of Corinth, Mississippi and Huntsville, Alabama.”

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  • Memphis and Charleston Railroad / The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture

Memphis and Charleston Railroad - Alabama Maps

“The Memphis and Charleston Railroad, completed in 1857, was the first railroad in the United States to link the Atlantic Ocean with the Mississippi River. Chartered in 1846 the railroad ran from Memphis, Tennessee to Stevenson, Alabama through the towns of Corinth, Mississippi and Huntsville, Alabama. From Stevenson, the road was connected to Chattanooga, Tennessee via the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad.”

The Memphis and Charleston Railroad eventually merged into the. From Muscle Shoals to Huntsville, Alabama follows the original Memphisand Charleston. US 72 follows the route again from Huntsville toStevenson, Alabama.