After receiving charters from South Carolina and Georgia in 1853 and 1854, the Charleston and Savannah Railroad Company instructed civil engineer John McRae to explore possible routes for the main line between the two cities. In his 1854 report, McRae discusses the advantages and disadvantages of several paths, notably a "lower route," an "upper route" and a third "Lawtonville route" the preference, apparently, of a "very respectable authority." His report details mileage, ground preparation costs, bridging and trestle work costs, and other assorted expenses associated with each route. Though an engineer, he briefly touches on the economics and potential profitability of the various routes and of the enterprise as a whole. Walker & Evans, 1854; Charleston, S.C. 31p.
These records are the handwritten minutes of the Board of Directors of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad from 1863-1867. Given the company's economic situation during this time, many of the entries concern bondholders, creditors and other financial accounts. Also included are copies of letters sent and received by the company, including several pieces of correspondence relating to postwar efforts by the company to regain control of the road from the U.S. military. The economic hardships of the Civil War and its aftermath, however, doomed the company and it was officially reorganized in 1867 as the Savannah and Charleston Railroad Company. The final entries note the transfer of property and rights to this new company. 145p.
Under pressure from bondholders, the Charleston and Savannah Railroad reorganized in 1867 as the Savannah and Charleston Railroad. This act officially recognizes the authority of the new railroad company. Courier Job Press, Charleston, S.C. 14p.
Under pressure from bondholders, the Charleston and Savannah Railroad reorganized in 1867 as the Savannah and Charleston Railroad. These bylaws of the new company were adopted at a meeting of the stockholders in January, 1867. The Savannah and Charleston Railroad was itself sold in 1880. Courier Job Press, Charleston, S.C. 7p.