United States Military Railroads. Washington & Alexandria, Loudon & Hampshire, Manassas Gap, and Prange & Alexandria Lines. Conductor Will Pass Free ['Jas. H. Gibson(?)' mss.] From ['(unidentified town') mss.] To ['Culpeper' mss.] Sept. 20 1863. [illegible signature in ink.] Not Transferable. Good For Three Days Only.
Personalised ticket for the military rail network operating on the east coast during the American Civil War. The United States Military Railroad was an organisation that ran railroads for the Union wherever they were needed. It was established in 1862 under General Herman Haupt. It proved instrumental in General Ulysses Grant's plan to defeat Robert Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Siege of Petersburg, as all food, equipment and supplies had to be shipped in from northern ports and then delivered to the battlefront via this network.
[Ref: 7521] £75.00