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Marching to Manassas

Twice in thirteen months, soldiers led by Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson pulled off long marches during a campaign that culminated in battle along the banks of Bull Run. Both marches were remarkable in the distance they covered and the time … Continue reading

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The Critical Role of Railroads in Influencing Military Strategy in the Civil War

ECW welcomes back guest author Lloyd W. Klein One of the lessons of the Civil War, General William T Sherman wrote in his memoirs, was that the value of railroads became  “… fully recognized in war quite as much as, … Continue reading

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The Train to Mt. McGregor

It was a sweltering day 134 years ago on June 16, 1885. The mercury teased the 100-degree mark, and for Ulysses S. Grant, the heat flowing back from the locomotive only made it worse. Add to that the storm of … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Golden Spike National Historic Site

Ulysses S. Grant loved railroads. They helped him win the Civil War, after all. (See ECW’s 2018 series on railroads for more on that.) During his post-presidency, he involved himself in a number of railroad projects (including one that brought … 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: Management in the War

As with much in the war, it’s not just advantages of more resources, but how they’re applied, that is important. Better railroad management was a key in Union victory. Important advantages that the Union possessed included more railroad mileage (20,000 … Continue reading

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Railroads: The Louisville and Nashville Railroad

It is often underappreciated how the Louisville & Nashville Railroad’s status impacted the operations of Major General W.S. Rosecrans and the Army of the Cumberland. I discuss it in this except from my book about Stones River and Tullahoma: Throughout … Continue reading

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Railroads – Images of Trains and Tracks

As an editor at Emerging Civil War, I am so excited about our series on railroads! Our authors are working together and contributing some wonderful articles, and you are going to love what’s “coming down the tracks” next week in … Continue reading

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Civil War Railroads – Introduction

Railroad iron is a magician’s rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water. Ralph Waldo Emerson During the American Civil War, railroad iron evoked and moved more than natural energies. Along the iron tracks rattled … Continue reading

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Herman Haupt: Reopening The Rail Lines To Gettysburg

“I am now at Hanover Station. A bridge is broken between this place and Littlestown. I will proceed at once to repair it, and commence to send off wounded; then return and take the Gettysburg Railroad and commence repairing it. … Continue reading

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