The railroads are heavily taxed, and transportation has been delayed.
A case is reported in which horses remained fifty hours on the cars without food or water.
There is yet another piece of evidence showing that there had been delays in the transportation of supplies to the army of General McClellan
In August, 1862, the superintendence and management of all the railways used by the Government
for military purposes were intrusted to Brigadier-General Haupt
, a competent and energetic officer.
On the 10th of November, five days after the date of the order removing General McClellan
, he addressed, from Washington
, a circular letter to post-quartermasters, commissaries, officers and agents of military railroads, from which we make a few extracts:--
gentlemen:--The exceedingly critical condition of affairs compels me to address to you this circular, and to endeavor, with all the earnestness and force of language I can command, to explain some of the difficulties connected with military railroad transportation, and ask your co-operation and assistance in forwarding supplies.
The army is dependent for its supplies upon a single-track railroad, in bad condition, without sidings of sufficient length, without wood, with a short supply of water, and with insufficient equipments.
This road is taxed with an amount of business equal to the ordinary freights of a large city,--an amount four times as large as it has ever before been called on to accommodate, and twice as large as I reported to General McClellan its capacity for transportation.
There cannot be the most distant prospect of keeping the army supplied without constant, uninterrupted movement