The Charleston and Savannah Railroad begins service
The Charleston and Savannah Railroad finally began service after years of financial and technical delay. The one hundred mile stretch linked the two great southern commercial centers but crossed bogs, salt marshes, and numerous creeks and rivers; it had been difficult to build and became even more difficult to maintain. It made little money, was destroyed by General Sherman's troops in 1865, and left almost bankrupt. (By John Osborne)
H. David Stone, Jr., Vital Rails, The Charleston and Savannah Railroad and the Civil War in Coastal South Carolina (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2008), 6.