railroad, including the “bean-pole and corn-stalk” bridge, had been again destroyed, this time by Federal troops.
had protested against it, but without avail.
On October 26th, after the memorable battle of Antietam
requested that the Aquia Creek
and Fredericksburg railroad wharves and road be reconstructed.
reported that the task was now much more formidable than before; that he had protested against the destruction of the wharves and the tearing up of the road, and especially against the burning of the “bean-pole and corn-stalk” bridge over Potomac Creek
; that this work was a piece of vandalism on the part of Federal troops that could have been prevented, and that it was entirely unnecessary.
Nothing was done immediately toward this reconstruction, but strict orders were issued to prevent further depredations of similar character.
On the replacing of McClellan
, in 1862, the rebuilding of these structures was carried to completion, and again they were in serviceable condition for the campaign which ended so disastrously to the Federals
W. W. Wright
was instructed, on December 11, 1862, to prepare for the construction of a bridge over the Rappahannock
for the passage of Burnside
The rebuilding of the railroad bridge was again commenced, but the battle began and forced suspension of the work, and it was not finished.
The battle resulted in a check to the Federal
forces, and the forward movement of the Army of the Potomac was stopped.
Nothing more of importance occurred in connection with military railroad operations while Burnside
was in command.
After he was removed, and while the army was lying near Fredericksburg
, the construction corps was experimenting with trusses and torpedoes; and the U-shaped iron for the destruction of rails was perfected.
The battle of Chancellorsville
was fought; Hooker
was repulsed, and the same annoyances of guerrilla raids were experienced on the Orange
road as had been