|A 50cent Confederate Railroad Ticket
dated August 1, 1862,
WESTERN & ATLANTIC R.R.
|The Western&Atlantic became a key link in the chain of Southern antebellum railroads connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Mississippi River and was the foundation for Atlanta’s emergence as a rail center.
During the Civil War, the W&A R.R. had 46 wood burning locomotives, two of which were participants in the “Great Locomotive Chase” of April 1862. The Railroad tickets issued by the Western & Atlantic were a better investment than the Confederate money ever was. These RR tickets were considered legal tender when Confederate dollars were refused.
There was a condition to the use of these Railroad Tickets as money, and that was, that you were required to save a total of ten used 50 cent tickets before you could exchange them for 50 cents in real money.
This particular W&A ticket shows the type of wear on it that would have occurred from changing hands frequently.
The Western & Atlantic RR did suffer extensive damage during the war. It played a major role in the Atlanta Campaign and its loss to the South in 1864 was a serious blow to the Confederacy’s hopes for victory.