One of the Confederacy’s most perplexing problems involved combining the disconnected southern railroads into a system of transportation between the various parts of the South. Lack of equipment and enemy action were major reasons for the failure to solve the problem. The Confederate government also pursued the disastrous policy of relying as much as possible on private initiative to supply its needs.
Shofner, Jerrell H.
"Confederate Railroad Construction: The Live Oak to Lawton Connector,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 43
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol43/iss3/4