Our railroad series is still “on track” and steaming ahead with lots of historical details about trains, tracks, and the soldiers and civilians who rode the rails. This week we also featured some discussions about scary stories, a movie anniversary, a bored soldier, and preservation history.
Please enjoy this week in review and the links below to explore some Civil War history!
Monday, October 29:
Question of the Week explored scary stories from the Civil War since Halloween was coming up.
Railroads: Meg Groeling wrote about Lincoln’s train trip to Washington on the “Inaugural Express.”
Tuesday, October 30:
Railroads: Dwight Hughes revealed how McClellan wanted to use ships and trains in his grand strategy.
Frank Jastrzembski share about his experiences at the 25th Anniversary screening of the movie Gettysburg.
The ECW October Newsletter is now available…
Wednesday, October 31:
Railroads: There’s a new On Location video and it’s giving a glimpse of the history at Tunnel Hill!
Railroads: Kristen Pawlak detailed the importance of rail lines in Missouri during the Civil War.
Chris Mackowski found an account by a bored soldier and it makes some interesting reading.
Thursday, November 1:
Railroads: James Brookes wrote about Union soldiers’ experiences “ridin’ the rails.”
Details about John Henry Myer of Myer’s Hill and Central Virginia Battlefield Trust’s preservation project.
Friday, November 2:
Railroads: Sarah Kay Bierle shared perspectives on women traveling by railroad during the Civil War.
Railroads: ECW Weekender (by Dan Welch) focused on the history of Gettysburg’s train station and includes touring details.
Upcoming presentations by ECW members during November and December.
Saturday, November 3:
Preservation News focused on the newest national monument: Camp Nelson in Kentucky.
Railroads: Sarah Kay Bierle found music inspired by the “Great Locomotive Chase” and also shared some historical facts.
Sunday, November 4:
Railroads: Earlier this morning, we shared some videos from American Battlefield Trust about railroad cuts and trains.