Civil War Railroads


Station at Hanover Junction, PARailroads 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.

Depot of the U.S. Military Railroads, City Point, Va., 1864, showing the engine "President." 111-B-4860.

Note the following posts  provide considerable information.

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

Railroad Generalship

On General Grenville M. Dodge

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3 thoughts on “Civil War Railroads

  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.