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Civil War: Sending troops to the front

August 30, 2012
By DAVE McKAIN , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

We know how important the railroad in Parkersburg became in the war, in terms of moving troops and supplies. The Confederacy knew that to, and went all out to disrupt this vital Union resource. In the early months of the war, from June 1861 to October, we can estimate that over 30,000 troops moved through Parkersburg to be transported on the railroad to Virginia. Such movements continued throughout the war, but one of the more dramatic occurred 150 years ago in August 1862.



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