Andrew Carnegie's Contribution During The Civil War
Therefore, in 1853, Scott hired Carnegie to be his personal clerk and telegraph operator at a payroll of a monthly $35. Again, after much hard work, he was named superintendent of the Pittsburgh division (McGuire, “Andrew Carnegie” 1). In 1861, after Scott was appointed secretary of war, Andrew Carnegie was promoted to superintendent of the eastern military and telegraph lines. During the Civil War, he assisted counterpart rail transportation for the Union Army and arrange the army’s telegraphic system (McGuire, “Andrew Carnegie” 1). In 1864, Carnegie is drafted into the Union Army, but pays a fee of $850 dollars in lieu of serving in the military (“Rags to Riches Timeline” 1-2). In 1865, Carnegie retires from the railroad and starts the Keystone Bridge Company. Their goal is to build bridges with iron instead of wood (“Rags to Riches Timeline” 2).