Calendar of Events

Exhibit: Civil War Trains

Ongoing Opportunities

  • Ongoing

The importance of railroads during the Civil War was significant. Railroads were used in carrying supplies of coal and artillery, horses, mules and cattle and troops and baggage. Rail conditions certainly were poor. Wooden water towers were easy targets for destruction by raiding troops. Water and coal were essential for the steam locomotives. Bridges needed to be built and defended. General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's capture of 56 locomotives and more than 300 railcars along the B&O Railroad between Harpers Ferry and Martinsburg, West Virginia, with the blowing up of the railroad bridge at Harpers Ferry, was an attempt to stop strategic traffic.