Virginia Central Railroad Appraisement of Stock Killed or Injured, November 17, 1860

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Virginia Central Railroad
Title:
Virginia Central Railroad Appraisement of Stock Killed or Injured
Collection No.:
SC 0255
Date:
Extent:
1 folder, .06 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
An 1860 Virginia Central Railroad claim for "one White Hog" killed by the mail train in Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Virginia Central Railroad Appraisement of Stock Killed or Injured, November 17, 1860, SC 0255, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Information

The Virginia Central Railroad operated between 1850 and 1868, and eventually extended 206 miles from Richmond, Virginia to Covington, Ohio. The Virginia Central Railroad originated as the much smaller Louisa Railroad, with the eastern terminus at Hanover Junction (about 20 miles north of Richmond) and the western terminus in Charlottesville. Construction extended the railroad westward, and by 1859, it reached Covington, Ohio, 10 miles from the Covington and Ohio Railroad, which extended further westward. In 1968 the Virginia Central Railroad merged with the Covington and Ohio Railroad to form the new Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railroad.

By 1860, the railroad went through the northern tip of Rockbridge County, with a single stop in in the town of Goshen, between stops in Craigsville in Bath County and Millboro Depot in Augusta County.

The Virginia Central played an important role during the Civil War, transporting supplies, troops and mail for the Confederacy.

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Scope and Content

The appraisal certifies that on November 8, 1860 "one White Hog" was killed by mail train on the Virginia Central Railroad. The property was owned by Joseph S. Ruff and was valued at $8. The document was signed by Leander Wright of the Virginia Central Railroad, and by Rockbridge County Justice of the Peace, William M. McCutchan, J.D. Additional signatories are Joseph G. W. Bell and A.B. Roodcap.

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Arrangement

One document housed in a legal sized folder.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Item was purchased at auction on November 10, 2017, from Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates and formed part of Lot #229.

Provenance

According to the record of sale, the appraisal was formerly the property of a private collector from Augusta County, Virginia.

Processing Information

This item was separated from the remainder of the lot material based on collection assessment at the time of purchase.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Corporate Name

  • Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Genre and Form

  • Appraisals (records)

Subject

  • Virginia Central Railroad Company
  • Railway mail service -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century
  • Agriculture -- Economic aspects

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Bibliography

Citti, L. F. A map of the Virginia Central Railroad, west of the Blue Ridge, and the preliminary surveys, with a profile of the grades [map]. 186-? Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. Accessed December 11, 2017. https://www.loc.gov/item/gm70002893/.

Vaisz, W, and Virginia Central Railroad Company. Map of the Virginia Central Rail Road showing the connection between tide water Virginia, and the Ohio River at Big Sandy, Guyandotte and Point Pleasant; made by W. Vaisz Top. England [map]. 1852. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. Accessed December 11, 2017. https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3881p.rr006010/.

Bocian, Meredith and John Salmon. "The Virginia Central Railroad during the Civil War." Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Last modified October 27, 2015. Accessed December 11, 2017. https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Virginia_Central_Railroad_During_the_Civil_War_TheWeb.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Virginia Central Railroad appraisement of stock killed or injured, November 17, 1860 box 1 folder 1