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Civil War Railroads, A pictoral Study of the War Between the States, 1861-1865 by George B. Abdill, Indiana University Press (Heimburger House), 192 pages, Hardcover
Civil War Railroads, A pictoral Study of the War Between the States, 1861-1865 by George B. Abdill, Indiana University Press (Heimburger House), 192 pages, Hardcover


 
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Civil War Railroads, A pictoral Study of the War Between the States, 1861-1865 by George B. Abdill, Indiana University Press (Heimburger House), 192 pages, Hardcover
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  • Civil War Railroads, A pictoral Study of the War Between the States, 1861-1865 by George B. Abdill, Indiana University Press (Heimburger House), 192 pages, Hardcover

    With more than 220 black and white photographs from the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and private collections across the country, this is the essential pictorial guide for all those interested in the role of the Iron Horse in the American Civil War. Like all wars, the Civil War was not all gunfire and panic. It was supply and transport, trains and trouble on the line, men in Blue and Gray fighting against almost unbelievable odds with lumbering, woodburning engines.

    George B. Abdill, before his death in 1982, was a railroader's writer—A working hoghead on the Southern Pacific's Portland Division and historian of the great days of steam. His special gift was as a collector of truly remarkable photographs illustrating the pioneering days of the railroads. And he had a special place in his heart for military railroaders since he, himself, served with the 744th Railway Operation Battalion during World War II, running his engine in France, Belgium, and Germany. He had a first-hand knowledge of railroading under fire.

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