The Resource Virginia railroads collection, 1828-1894
- Virginia railroads collection, 1828-1894
- Manchester (Va.) -- History -- 19th century
- Business records
- Railroads -- Virginia -- Records and correspondence
- Richmond and Danville Railroad Company
- Stock certificates
- Clover Hill Railroad Company (Va.)
- Railroads -- Mergers
- Roanoke Valley Railroad Company
- Virginia Midland Railway Company
- Piedmont Railroad Company
- Railroads -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century
- Letters (correspondence)
- Railroads -- Virginia -- Management
- Railroads -- Confederate States of America
- Records, 1828-1894, of the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company, including some pertaining to other Virginia lines such as the Clover Hill, Piedmont, Roanoke Valley, and Virginia Midland Railroads. Records include correspondence, stock certificates, receipts, and bills. Correspondence covers routine matters such as claims, requests for free passes, and inquiries regarding employment opportunities; the Richmond and Danville's stock holdings and interest in acquiring other railroads; collegial consultations with other lines; and company financial matters. During the Civil War years, there are multiple slips from the Confederate government ordering the transport of supplies, slaves, and military men. Also of note are a handful of documents, 1846-1876, reflecting the Richmond and Danville Railroad's uneasy relationship with the town of Manchester, Virginia. Their disputes were based in part on charges that the railroad was unduly obstructing public streets and emptying culvert contents into the canal. There is very little in the latter portion of the records to shed light on the company's impending 1894 reorganization
- Biographical or historical data
- The Richmond and Danville Railroad Company was chartered by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on 9 March 1847. It was critical to, but ultimately unsuccesful at, sustaining the Confederate war effort. After the Civil War, it grew to encompass some 3,300 miles of track in nine Southern states as the Richmond and Danville Railroad System. In 1894, it entered receivership and was reorganized by J.P. Morgan's Drexel, Morgan, and Co. banking firm into the Southern Railway Company. Since 1980, the Southern Railway has been part of the Norfolk Southern Railway.
- Cataloging source
- Funding information
- Filming funded by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation.
- Location of originals duplicates
- The Huntington Library;
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