Synopses & Reviews
Among the grand antebellum plans to build railroads to interconnect the vast American republic, perhaps none was more ambitious than the Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston. The route was intended to link the cotton-producing South and the grain and livestock growers of the Old Northwest with traders and markets in the East, creating economic opportunities along its 700-mile length. But then came the Panic of 1837, and the project came to a halt. H. Roger Grant tells the incredible story of this singular example of "railroad fever" and the remarkable visionaries whose hopes for connecting North and South would require more than half a century--and one Civil War--to reach fruition.
"As a researcher and railroad history writer, Grant is one of the best." --Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., author of The Railroad That Never Was: Vanderbilt, Morgan, and the South Pennsylvania Railroad
"Roger Grant has taken on a formidable challenge, a history of a railroad that was never built, and he has succeeded in writing an excellent book on the Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston Railroad.
"This book holds appeal within the market segments of both railroad and U. S. Civil War scholars and enthusiasts, especially in view of the attention that will be generated by the forthcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial activities." --John Spychalski, Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University Indiana University Press
"The history of American railroading is littered with overambitious plans, failed schemes, unfinished lines, bankrupt corporations.... Grant turns his sights on one such failure, the Louisville, Cincinnati, and Charleston Rail Road... and in the process reveals as much, if not more about the messy business of railroad construction, as one could learn from a history of a successful line." --Ohio Valley History Indiana University Press Indiana University Press
"Professor Grant has produced an outstanding work on an important element of American railroad history. Grant has devoted much of his life to the story of America's railroads, and it shows. The book is rich in detail, and he very skillfully places what was happening in South Carolina within the context of railroad history throughout the country. The endnotes reveal an extensive mining of primary and secondary sources. In short, The Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston Rail Road tells an important story--and tells it well." --The Civil War Monitor
About the Author
H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of 30 books, including Visionary Railroader (IUP, 2008), Iowa's Railroads (with Don L. Hofsommer) (IUP, 2009), and Railroads and the American People (IUP, 2012).
Table of Contents
1. Slow, Difficult and Dangerous Travel
2. A Rail Road?
3. Knoxville, 1836
4. Surveys, Finances and Construction
5. Crisis and Contraction
6. What Happened
7. What Might Have Happened