I first want to thank the members for submitting technical details and topics. Now I have a few questions left unanswered that hopefully can be resolved. I understand the number of crewmen operating a line of cars hitched to an engine would vary depending upon the number of cars. I was hoping we could identify the different positions of each crewman making the train operational. I also understand there are differences applicable to the use of the trains.
On the Locomotive- Engineer and Fireman and any others (how many of each).
On the follow-up tanker car- ?
On freight cars (box design)- ?
On cattle cars (? design)- ?
On flat-cars- ...
This Saturday I visited a small park dedicated to the preservation of part of the mile-long Sugar Loaf defensive line, which traversed Federal Point peninsula between Wilmington NC and Fort Fisher during the Civil War. I think it's a nice example of what a community organization can do to preserve fortifications as an historic and cultural resource. The park is in Carolina Beach and is called the Joseph Ryder Lewis Jr. Civil War Park, after the man who preserved and donated the 12-acre tract used for the park.
After the Second Battle of Fort Fisher (Jan 13-15 1865), Gen Alfred Terry's forces advanced north up the peninsula to attack Wilmington, the only open Confederate port on the...
During his presidency Lincoln no doubt received some odd requests in some of the letters addressed to him. Perhaps one of the strangest was sent from Rahway, New Jersey. In it was a demand that Mr. Lincoln assume the mortgage on this person's villa so that a career could be resumed when this opera singer returned to Italy. Who was this opera singer?
An Experienced Trial Lawyer and former Civil War General with less than an exemplary war record; from Massachusetts, came under fire, when this Republican Congressman from Ohio refused to be out ranked on this special House of Reps committee. This committee met in the Senate on March 5th 1868.
"I'll be damned if I serve under __________!"
(1) Who was the General? (2) Who made the statement and (3) what was the occasion that happened on March 5th 1868
During the Battle of Gettysburg, Tomlinson Fort Newell was 1st Lieutenant of Company G, 45th Georgia (Ed Thomas' brigade.) He was badly wounded by shrapnel in the foot, which resulted in amputation. After the Confederates retreated, Lieut. Newell was captured and spent time at Camp Letterman. He was imprisoned at Fort Delaware and paroled on September 28, 1864, three months after his promotion to captain. He matriculated at Oglethorpe University in 1855, but graduated from Franklin College (now the University of Georgia) in 1861 with a law degree. He became mayor of Milledgeville after the war and died on August 7, 1912...
Battery Buchanan, built in late 1864, was a formidable earthwork battery designed to support both Fort Fisher which was about a mile distant and to defend the New Inlet of the Cape Fear River. The battery was named after Confederate Admiral Franklin Buchanan. The battery's armament was composed of 2 Columbiads and 2 Brooke Smoothbores. These guns were manned by CSN sailors under the command of Lt. (later Captain) Robert Chapman. The garrison was augmented by Confederate States Marines sent from Wilmington first under the command of Lt. John de Berniere Roberts before he was replaced by Lt. James Murdoch.
(John Stanton 27 Jan 2010)
During the first Union assault on Fort Fisher in...
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