Rare Confederate Pass for the “Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad and Washington and Potomac Steamboat Co.” – This is the line that carried Stonewall Jackson’s body

This pass is filled out in nice dark ink.  It is signed by Peter V. Daniel Jr. who was President of the Railroad.  This was a Free Pass for a Politician and is made out to John C. Rutherford, H. of D. of Va.  It is dated Richmond, Va. 1 January 1864 until January 1, 1865.  It is numbered in red ink 331.

On the reverse are the rules that must be followed stating that the company will not be “liable, under any circumstances, whether of negligence by their agents or otherwise for any injury to the person or for loss or injury to property.”  This was quite necessary to point out since the war was going on and this train traveled right through the heart of it! 

The Railroad was seized by Confederates soon after Virginia seceded in April 1861.  It played an important role in moving Confederate troops and supplies.  Engineers led by Herman Haupt engaged in sometimes astonishing feats of engineering – laying three miles of track in three days, for instances, and constructing a 400-foot-long bridge in nine days.  Throughout the war, portions of the railroad were destroyed and rebuilt, and Confederates found it increasingly difficult to keep up with repairs for lack of equipment and labor.  By the end of the war, its lines were almost completely unusable, but the date of our pass of January 1st, 1864 shows that the Railroad was still trying to make a go of their situation. 

When Confederate general Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, he was transported behind the lines to a stop on the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad called Guinea Station, with the thought that he might eventually take a car to a hospital in Richmond.  The general died at a nearby plantation on May 10, however, and the railroad carried his body to Richmond; a canal boat transported it to Lexington for burial.

A very rare and historic piece of Confederate history and railroad memorabilia. 

#D1-1-64 – Price $250

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