A Collection in
Collection Number Ms2008-097
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversitySpecial Collections
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2008 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections Staff
Collection is open to research.
Permission to publish material from the United States Military Railroads Receipt must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: United States Military Railroads Receipt, Ms2008-097 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The United States Military Railroads Receipt was donated to Special Collections in 2008.
The processing and description of the United States Military Railroads Receipt commenced and was completed in December 2008.
The United States Military Railroads were created in 1862 with legislation empowering the Federal government to take possession and operate railroads as necessary to support the Union war effort. The seized railroads were consolidated into the United States Military Railroads to insure the efficient movement of troops and supplies, with operating money issued by the Quartermaster's Department. The U.S.M.R. was gradually liquidated beginning in August 1865, as the railroads were returned to their original owners and government-produced equipment and rolling stock were sold.
This collection consists of a single United States Military Railroads receipt. Issued in Nashville, Tennessee on August 25, 1865 to general freight agent William W. Tuttle, the document acknowledges receipt of $5,700 and is signed by an assistant quartermaster [T. J. Aider?].