Excerpt from A History of the Railway Mail Service: Together With a Brief Account of the Origin and Growth of the Postoffice Service and a Sketch Showing the Daily Life of a Railway Mail Clerk The growing importance of the Pdstofiice Service and the large number of persons employed2 under it, including the Railway Mail, makes it an interesting study for almost anyone, but especially for those who desire or have al ready secured positions in the government service. It has been quite difficult for anyone to secure a concise history of this branch of the government service, which has grown to such enormous proportions, and for this reason we have had this book compiled. Herein will be found a history of the growth Of the Postoffice Depart ment, beginning in early times in England, and tracing it down in this country to the present day. A history also of the Railway Mail Service is given at considerable length, in order to be most helpful to those who wish to enter the Railway Mail Service. We have had the ex perience of a railway ma'il clerk written from the time he entered the service as a' substitute until he became a proficient clerk, having charge of a car. This clerk wa's afterward-s promoted to the Postofi'ice Department in this city, where he holds a position at the time of this writing. We believe a careful perusal of this book will be of great advantage to those who are interested in this. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Time has been very good to Thomas Weber's Northern Railroads in the Civil War, 1861-1865. First published by Columbia University Press in 1952, it has been out of print since the 1970s, but never out of demand. It has emerged as the premier account of the impact of the railroads on the American Civil War and vice versa. Not only did the railroads materially help the north to victory through movement of troops and materiel, but the war materially changed the way railroads were built, run, financed, and organized in the crucial years following the war. We are still waiting (9/1/98) for the reviews to come from the author's files. "Thomas Weber's study of northern railroads during the Civil War remains the obvious treatment of an important topic. His analysis rests on solid research and leaves no doubt that the North's excellent use of railroads contributed significantly to Union victory." —Gary W. Gallagher (shortened) "Thomas Weber's... analysis rests on solid research and leaves no doubt that the North's excellent use of railroads contributed significantly to Union victory." —Gary W. Gallagher