Mud roads were a Civil War problem.
In the mid-1860s, heavy canons secured to wagons moving on 64-inch wheels were pulled across the terrain by six horses. It was a lot of horse power until heavy rains mired the wagons in mud to their axels. Then it was not enough.
“It took 100 boys on a rope to pull them out of the mud,” Jerry Kowalski said of efforts to rescue the wagons.