By R Conrad Stein
In the Civil conflict, the Union's victory over the Confederacy used to be mostly due partially to the very best Northern railroads, which saved the army stocked with offers. for that reason, the U.S. learned the nice price of a transcontinental railroad and driven to attach the east with the west. within the magnificent TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD, writer R. Conrad Stein tells the tales of these who, even if stimulated through cash and greed or through idealism and commitment to a lofty aim, performed an element in making a railroad that might unite a rustic.
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Just days earlier on January 1, the Emancipation Proclamation—which freed slaves in territories still at war with the Union—took effect. Four weeks before that, Northern forces were severely beaten in a battle against the Southern armies at Fredericksburg, Virginia. Despite these monumental events, officials were determined that nothing would overshadow the party thrown by the Central Pacific Railroad in California. ”2 Charles Crocker also spoke. This was long before the development of loudspeakers, but Crocker could be heard half a mile away even without amplification.
The Civil War was still a fresh memory in 1866, when the Casement-led Union Pacific crews began their great push west. Most of the bosses had served as officers during the war. Many of the workers had marched in the ranks. It is no wonder that a military routine ruled camps and the work process. Working far ahead of the main gang were the surveyors, who, in military terms, could be thought of as the scouts. Often the surveyors scouted one hundred miles ahead of the main body. Next came the graders.
Early into the Union Pacific’s great undertaking, hundreds of clever operators devised ways of liberating a man from his money. Every fifty miles or so, a new town sprang up along the Union Pacific’s path. The towns consisted entirely of saloons, gambling halls, and houses of prostitution. These establishments were housed either in tents or in hastily nailed-together shacks. When the workers of the Union Pacific laid track beyond the makeshift towns, the prostitutes and whisky merchants simply set up another settlement farther along the railroad’s path and waited for the crews to arrive.