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Civil War Railroad Photographs

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Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

Nashville, Tennessee


Continuing his policy of the offensive at any cost, Gen. John B. Hood brought his reduced army before the defenses of Nashville, where it was overthrown by Gen. George H. Thomas on December 15-16, in the most complete victory of the war. If the date borne on these photographs is correct, they were taken in the course of the battle.

Created/Published: 1864

Bernard, George N., 1819-1902, photographer.

Civil War railroad yard & depot with steam engines Railroad yard and depot with locomotives; the Capitol in distance.


Fortified railroad bridge

A fortified Civil War era railroad bridge


Chattanooga, Tennessee

Photograph of the War in the West.

These photographs are of the Battle of Chattanooga, September-November 1863. After Rosecrans' debacle at Chickamauga, September 19-20, 1863, Bragg's army occupied the mountains that ring about the vital railroad center of Chattanooga. Grant, brought in to save the situation, steadily built up offensive strength, and on November 23-25, burst the blockade in a series of brilliantly executed attacks. The photographs, probably all taken the following year when Chattanooga was the base for Sherman's Atlanta campaign, include scenes on Lookout Mountain, stormed by Hooker on November 24.

Created/Published: 1864 (?)


Steam locomotive of the U.S. Military Railroad Chattanooga, Tenn. rail yards.  The train engine is the No. 137 of the U.S. Military Railroad.


Chattanooga, Tenn. U.S. military train at depot; Lookout Mountain in background

Steam engine at a depot


Civil War era boxcars Chattanooga, Tenn. Boxcars and depot with Federal cavalry guard beyond.


Chattanooga, Tenn., vicinity. Blockhouse on the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad.

Civil War era blockhouse

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