Journal of a graduate student in military history and the American Civil War

the railroads

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Station at Hanover Junction, PAAs I continue in my studies, it is becoming obvious that the railroads played an important role in the the American Civil War. I’m adding this page so that I can begin to collect information related to rail history during the war. As I encounter data on the impact of railroads to other events in military history, I may add those as well.

Note the following posts cover provide considerable information.

Were the North and South Evenly Matched….on the Rails?

Railroad Generalship

On General Grenville M. Dodge

Written by Rene Tyree

February 9, 2008 at 9:52 am

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  1. Rene,

    I am working on information re: General Dodge. I believe that he was instrumental in several battles because of his background in railroad engineering/surveying. I know that he rebuilt the line around Corinth; he was at the initial seige of Atlanta; Sherman, Grant and Lincoln thought highly of him, but I would love to know more specifics about his contribution to the War effort.
    Have you come across his name? or any other information?
    Dodge, of course, went on to become the Chief Engineeer for Union Pacific during the construction of the first transcon. railroad (which I know much more about).
    Any help would be great.

    Patricia LaBounty

    December 10, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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