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FC: The Railroad During The Civil War | By:John Crippa

1: Is there things about the railroads during the Civil War that you don't know about? Well hope on board because this scrap book will tell you all about what the railroad did during this time period and it importance so settle back and take a seat.

2: There were many key components that went in to the invention of the railroad. These components came together between the late 1500's and the 1790's in Europe. The United States took these | new ideas for railroads and started to build them in the United States. The railroads had evolved from horse drawn wagons on platforms to what they were using in the 1850's which was steam powered locomotives that could carry many loads in one trip.

3: In the North there was many railroad lines and railroads that were working.The North had about 30,000 miles of working railroad lines that were being used during this time period.This picture is of the railroad lines in Ohio alone. The North had many railroads throughout all of the northern states.

4: The south had a major disadvantage in the number of railroad lines that they had.Compared to the Norths 20,000 to 30,000 miles of railroad lines the South only had about 9,000 | miles of railroad lines that they could use. In this picture is all of the railroad lines that were located in North Carolina during the Civil War time period.North Carolina had not even close to the same amount of railroads as Ohio did. This is how it was throughout the states. All the Northern states had more railroads then the southern states.

5: The railroad did many things during the civil war but one of the most important was that it brought artillery to the soldiers that were fighting. | Another thing that the railroad did was it brought northern troops down to the battle fields as reinforcements. It also made it so that troops could get to battles quicker. | The railroad also brought medical supplies for the troops that were injured during battles. These medical supplies were crucial for saving lives for the North sense they were in the Southern States.

6: The railroad played a major part in the outcome of the Civil War. It played a big part because it brought the armies troops, artillery, medicine supplies, ammunition, and food. If the railroad didn't do these things The Civil War might have had a different outcome.

7: The side that benefited from the railroad was the North. The North had many more railroad lines that they used. They sent many troops on railroads and got them there faster than if they had to walk or take horses all the way to the battles. The North utilized the railroad to their advantage unlike the South. The North also sent supplies for the troops on the railroad which would get to them much faster then ever before.

8: The South did not benefit from the railroads. They did not utilize them to their full potential. Having much less railroads then the North is one reason why the South did not benefit from the railroads. They did not use the railroads for all of the same things the North did, which was a disadvantage for the South.

9: if the railroad wasn't around during the Civil War the outcome of the war might have been different. The North would not have been able to send as many troops and supplies as fast as they were with the railroads. If there was no railroads it would have been tough for the North to get troops and supplies to the battlefields.

10: the economy. People would have also had to use horses to travel long distances. Stores would not have been able to get as much supplies because it would have been tough to send supplies without railroads. | Life during the Civil War would have been different if there was no railroads. The South would not have been able to send cotton up to the North as frequently so the they could process the cotton into clothing, which would have hurt

11: Railroads now are powered by different kinds of fuel when the railroads during the Civil War were only powered by one kind of fuel. | Yes, railroads are still around today. The railroads have changed and evolved from the railroads during the Civil War. Railroads now travel much faster and are more energy efficient.

12: Koenig, Alan R. "Railroad's Critical Role in the Civil War: HistoryNet." HistoryNet- From the Worlds Largest History Magazine Publisher Sept. 1996. Web 02 June 2010 .< http:// www.historynet.com/railroads-critical-role-in-Civil-war.html> Amsler, Bob."Trains and Railroads in the Civil War." Model Trains and Model Railroads Gateway Devision NMRA | Gateway to Modeling Railroad Fun| St. Louis Missouri. 20 January 2010. Web. 02 June 2010.

13: Now that was a fun ride on the Crippa express. I hope you learned a lot about the railroads during the Civil War. I hope to see you riding this railroad again or else i will know that my competitors are getting you money!

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