“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Ashton in Pender County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

William S. Ashe

William S. Ashe Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
1. William S. Ashe Marker
Inscription. Railroad president, congressman, state senator. In charge rof Confederate railroad transportation, 1861–62. Home stands 1 mile west.
Erected 1956 by Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number D-58.)
Location. 34° 28.71′ N, 77° 53.333′ W. Marker is near Ashton, North Carolina, in Pender County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 117 and Old River Road (Route 1411-3), on the right when traveling north on U.S. 117. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burgaw NC 28425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel Ashe (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Moseley (approx. 0.3 miles away); General John Ashe (approx. 2 miles away); Alexander Lillington (approx. 2.7 miles away); Stag Park (approx. 4.1 miles away); George Burrington (approx. 4.1 miles away); S. S. Satchwell (approx. 5.3 miles away); Our Heroes (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Also see . . .  Rails to Oblivion: The Decline of the Confederate Railroads in the Civil War. Monograph by Dr. Christopher R. Gabel, Combat Studies Institute. “In contrast [to the North’s US Military Railroads],
William S. Ashe Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
2. William S. Ashe Marker
the Confederate military railroad agency never became more than a small contracting bureau ... Consider the case of William S. Ashe, the first head of the railroad office within the Confederate War Department, serving in that capacity from July 1861 to April 1862. Ashe had once served as president of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, but he was really a politician and businessman rather than a hands-on railroad man. His political credentials were probably more important than his expertise as qualifications for his position. Given the official title of Assistant Quartermaster General, he lacked direct access to the Secretary of War. Ashe was commissioned as a major, a rank too low to carry much influence in either civilian or military circles. Lacking both staff and any compulsory power over the railroads, Ashe could not solve the problem of coordinating the Confederacy’s railroads. Upon his departure, Ashe’s position went unfilled for seven months.” (Submitted on April 20, 2010.) 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 652 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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