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RudyNelson25 Nov 2017 1:27 p.m. PST

I know that in some States the use of plank roads were still in use. The growth of railroads reduced their use for long hauls but they seem to be a symbol of prosperity for towns.
So I never see many plank roads for use as terrain. How common were they?

RudyNelson25 Nov 2017 1:28 p.m. PST

I know that in some States the use of plank roads were still in use. The growth of railroads reduced their use for long hauls but they seem to be a symbol of prosperity for towns.
So I never see many plank roads for use as terrain. How common were they?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2017 1:57 p.m. PST

Well, I think we can specify that the Orange Plank Road saw a lot of use. For that matter, so did the Valley Pike. I look on dirt roads for pre-20th Century warfare as a bit of an hobby convention. A dioramist needs to be as precise as possible. A wargamer tends to stick to the common because the same road/woods/set of buildings has to represent some different place next week.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2017 2:11 p.m. PST

Rudy,

Other than the obvious ones in the Wilderness/Chancellorsville area, I believe that there were a small number of log corduroyed ones used during Grant's march down the right bank of the Mississippi to get south of Vicksburg in Spring 1863. Not sure if there were any others used.

Jim

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

Plank roads were not that common. There were many more Corduroy roads. By the time of the Civil War, most pikes were built using the MacAdam process.

Mark

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2017 2:22 p.m. PST

Rudy,

Here is an interesting discussion: link

Jim

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2017 3:12 p.m. PST

hi

Heres a article on the finding of ox plank road by road workers


Digging up a road to the past: Civil War-era road found in Fairfax County
link

RudyNelson25 Nov 2017 6:22 p.m. PST

One plank road called the Central Plank Road or the Federal aCentral Road actually came within a few miles of my house. It ran from Chattanooga to Montgomery to New Orleans based on the comments on historic markers and other places.

Grumble8710628 Jan 2018 7:59 p.m. PST

The Valley Pike in the Shenandoah was definitely Macadam. otherwise how could the Confederates have hauled a locomotive down it?

Cleburne1863 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2018 8:11 p.m. PST

Can you imagine being without shoes and your commander orders you to fall in and march down a Macadam pike on a sunny day?

donlowry29 Jan 2018 9:46 a.m. PST

I could imagine that, but I don't want to.

Trajanus29 Jan 2018 12:50 p.m. PST

The Valley Pike in the Shenandoah was definitely Macadam. otherwise how could the Confederates have hauled a locomotive down it?

Ah that will be the one with the two bloody great groves down the middle of it then!

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