Program Examines the B&O Railroad’s Role in the Civil War

The Lovettsville Historical Society will open its 2017 lecture season with a presentation titled “The First Front: The Baltimore & Ohio Railway during the Civil War” on Sunday, Jan. 29, at St. James United Church of Christ.

The 2 p.m. lecture will be given by Daniel Carroll Toomey, author, historian, curator, and designer of the exhibit “The War Came by Train” at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, MD.

With the onset of war, the B&O Railroad quickly became the most important in the country, representing the only direct link between Washington, DC, and states loyal to the Union. In the early months of the war, the fate of DC, Maryland and West Virginia were primarily determined by the Union troop movement on B&O trains—making the railroad a prime target for the Confederacy.

The author of a dozen books, contributor to radio and television programs and winner of numerous awards for his research and exhibits, Toomey has lectured for many historical groups and educational facilities. “The War Came by Train” exhibit is the largest Civil War railroad exhibit ever presented.

Admission to the Jan. 29 program is free, but donations are welcomed. The church is located at 10 E. Broad Way, Lovettsville. For information, contact Edward Spannaus at 540-822-9194 or 703-727-9758.

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