Combat Trains: EPISODE 7
The First Railroad War
Locomotives transformed the American Civil War into a conflict of unprecedented scale and changed the fundamental nature of warfare for nearly a century. Discover how the combat strategies and techniques involving the railways, used by both Union and Confederate generals, helped dictate the outcome of battles, from Bull Run to the Petersburg Campaign. Then, see how trains both hastened and lengthened the war, and served as the foundation for the Transcontinental Railroad, which ultimately unified the nation after the fighting ended.