Answered By: Joe Bourneuf Last Updated: Mar 17, 2017 Views: 52
By 1860, a letter would travel between these cities exclusively by train, 461 miles in approximately 20 hours, according to tables given in:
Gorton, Gary. Ante Bellum Transportation Indices. (August, 1989).
I know of no estimates for pick up and delivery of mails at either end, but I expect postal service may have compared favorably with the 2-7 days estimate given by the USPS in 2014.
The United States Postal Service - An American History 1775 - 2006 “Publication 100”
News in the mail : the press, Post Office, and public information, 1700-1860s / Richard B. Kielbowicz. New York ; Greenwood Press, 1989. Widener | WID-LC | PN4888.S6 K54 1989