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ECW Weekender: Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station

Every year, nearly 1.4 million visitors come to Gettysburg National Military Park by car or bus. They tour the battlefield using numerous forms of transport, from those same cars and buses to Segways, horse drawn carriages, and bicycles. All head … Continue reading

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Railroads – Her Journey: Ladies Traveling In Mid-19th Century America

The Civil War gave women reasons to travel like they had never had before. Some refugeed away from the armies. Others journeyed to be with loved ones in military camps or hospitals. Others packed their trunks, stretched society’s traditional feminine … Continue reading

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Railroads – Riding the Rails: Union Soldiers Experience Train Transport in the Civil War

As Leander Stillwell was penning his Civil War reminiscences in the nineteen-tens, the Mexican Revolution was raging across the border. It was a time of heightened tension in the American Southwest, and a recent stir regarding the shuttling of American … Continue reading

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Railroads: Lyon’s Life Line

ECW welcomes back guest author Kristen M. Pawlak On July 7, 1861, Captain Chester Harding wrote to Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas in Washington, DC, laying out the movements of the Federal Army of the West en route to destroy Confederate General … Continue reading

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Railroads: On Location at Tunnel Hill

On this date in 1849, construction finished on the Western & Atlantic railroad tunnel, the last link connecting Atlanta and Chattanooga. In 1862, the tunnel played a role in the Great Locomotive Chase. Later, John Bell Hood, Patrick Cleburne, and … Continue reading

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Railroads – McClellan’s Steam Strategy: Trains and Ships in the Civil War

“It cannot be ignored that the construction of railroads has introduced a new and very important element into war,” wrote Major General George B. McClellan in a “Memorandum for the Consideration of His Excellency the President, submitted at his request,” … Continue reading

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The Inaugural Express: Abraham Lincoln’s Train Journey from Springfield to Washington

One of my favorite trains—and there are several—is the Inaugural Express, the series of trains taken by President-elect Lincoln as he made his famous journey from his home in Springfield to the Executive Mansion in Washington. Standardization of track sizes … Continue reading

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Railroads: From The ECW Archives

Our editors looked around in the ECW Blog Archives and found some interesting posts with connections to Civil War Railroad history. We hope you’ll enjoy these articles from past years! Ulysses S. Grant and the Wilderness of Pennsylvania (2015) The … Continue reading

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Railroads – Tracks to the Antietam: The Railroad Supplies the Army of the Potomac, September 18, 1862

“We can distinctly hear firing again this afternoon in the direction of Harpers Ferry,” wrote a Union soldier in the Washington defenses on September 17, 1862.[1] Closer to the Antietam battlefield, one onlooker attempted to count the number of Federal … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Depot Grille – Staunton, Virginia

Looking for some good food and a great dining atmosphere in Staunton, Virginia? Let me recommend The Depot Grille which is actually located in the Civil War era train station right next to the tracks in the downtown, historic district … Continue reading

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