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FC: Railroads During the Civil War By Morgan Jarvi

1: Introduction Railroads made transporting people and goods more efficient. The North had the largest area of railroad and had more goods transported each day. The South on the other hand had fewer railroads and were made from poor quality construction. Abraham Lincoln was apart of the decisions on the maintenance of of railroads. Along with Ulysses S. Grant who was a war general that used them in battle.

2: What it did . Transportation for people, like soldiers, and goods to get places faster. . Ulysses S. Grant used railroads to help supply his troops who were half starved. . Was used for military targets as an approach to an opponent. Also purposed for damage to ram another enemy train, and transporting guns to battlefields.

3: Affect on the Civil War It gave a new way to transportation that was faster and more efficient.

4: Benefits in the North and South The North benefited from it because about 70% of the network was spread throughout the Northeast and Midwest. The South did not benefit from it because there were few railroads and was built of poor quality construction.

5: If it had never been around If the railroad system had never been around there would have been no convenient way to transport goods and people. Military forces wouldn't have as many ways to load weapons into boxcars or for safety purposes.

6: Would life have been different? Life would have been different during the Civil War without it because people would not get places as fast compared to traveling by wagon. There also could be less everyday resources in far away areas.

7: Are Railroads still around today? Railroads are still around today but are not used as much and for the same purposes. It is not a very popular transportation because of automobiles and other transportations, but is still used to transport goods and resources in different areas.

8: Types of Trains There were three kinds of trains, supply trains shipped goods, passenger trains were used by civilians and military troops. Medical trains were used to ship the sick or injured.

9: Work Cited Amsler, Bob. "Railroads in the Civil War". Gateway NMRA. May 21 . Koenig, Alan R.. "Railroad's Critical Role in the Civil War". HistoryNet. May 24 . "The American Railroads: A Long and Storied Life". May 24 .

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