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FC: Civil War Spencer Lessard

1: From 1861 to 1865, the railroad played a huge part in the Civil War. It gave the Union the support to fight in the south. | At the begging of the war, the North hard 2/3 the track and 4/5 the population that the South had. The railroad was second to the waterways for transportation. On January 31st, 1862, an act was signed. That act stated, that all the railroad

2: in the Union, were under the presidents command. This was a huge strategic move that won the war for the North. One of the big reasons that won the war was that the North could haul more supplies than the South because the size of the gauge was wider. The gauge of the track is the width between the rails.The railroad was used for scouting, as a weapon,and hauling weapons, troops, and supplies.

3: Because of the Confederate forces burning the bridges of the Union. The Union made stock piles, in strategic locations along the track. These stock piles consist of rails, ties, and pre-fabricated bridge parts. This made fixing the lines quicker and less costly.

4: What did the railroad do durning the Civil War?

5: The railroad transported objects such as; weapons, equipment, supplies, and troops. The North and the South used the railroad for scouting and even as bombs.

6: How large of small of a part did the railroad have on the Civil War? The railroad played a major role in the Civil War. In most cases it determined who won a battle. The railroad brought troops and supplies to the front. It also gave back up to troops on the front line.

8: Who did and did not benefit from the railroad? Both side benefited from the railroad. The North was the one that came out on top. This is because the North had more track than the South. People say that, with the railroad the war would have lasted longer and the outcome could have been different. The South didn't benefit as much from the railroad

9: as the North but still enough to keep the war going.

10: What if the railroad wasn't around during the Civil War? I believe that the war would have lasted another couple of years and would have been more costly and more deaths would have occurred.

11: Would life have been different during the Civil War without the railroad? The life of a solider would have been very different. They would have to go longer without food, water, and supplies. They would have to walk for miles to the battles, then fight. The war could have been very different without the railroad.

12: Is the railroad still around today? The railroad has a big role in everyday life. We rely heavily on the railroads for transportation and the movement of supplies and natural recourses. without the railroad life would be very different.

13: Work Cited "Railroads in the Civil War." Civil War. NP, ND. Web. 24 May 2010 "Railroad's Crritical Role in the Civil War ." HistoryNet. Weider History Group, ND. Web. 25 May 2010

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