Traveling by rail on the AM&O in the 1870s

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When Civil War photographer Matthew Brady and his team went to Gettysburg
in July 1863 to photograph scenes after the battle, I believe he used a
rental wagon and horse for his purposes. See William A. Frassanito, "Civil
War Photography at Gettysburg" for a discussion of photography logistics in
that period.

J. Kelling

On Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 7:06 AM NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at>

> Time to step into your time capsule.... I'm working on an article for the
> Arrow which deals with the AM&O during the 1870s. It will showcase a series
> of images by a New York photographer, taken along the Virginia & Tennessee
> division (from Blue Ridge to Saltville). I'm trying to make some
> assumptions about how he might have traveled with his heavy photographic
> equipment using both rail and horse.
> For the sake of the article, I've suggested he loaded his heavy crates
> onto the train in NY, rode south to Lynchburg, and boarded the AM&O to
> travel by rail to Bonsacks or Big Lick -- where he could find a livery and
> acquire a horse and wagon. Is that a transaction that liveries made, or was
> there another source for getting this needs met? Also, was it an outright
> purchase of the horse and wagon, or a rental? If a rental, my 2018 brain
> wonders whether he had to return the horse and wagon directly to them... or
> could he pay for a month of usage, travel west, and drop the horse & wagon
> off at a location in far Montgomery County?
> I want to more accurately explain some of these logistics in the article,
> but obviously need help with how liveries and stables may have provided
> these much-needed gap services to travelers during that era.
> Stephen Warren, Roanoke
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