A bit of US History.....

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by N Gauger, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    The Civil War Calendar 2005 © 2004 Penguin Putnam Inc.

    A letter From Joseph L. Christy, an African American soldier, writing to
    his sister about killing confederates, burning trains and transporting
    slaves to freedom in the final days of the Civil War:

    April the 27th 1865

    My dear Sister,

    ... We captured abut two hundred Cars and twenty three lokemotoves and
    burnt them up and we brot for thousand slaves with us to Georgetown..
    Was one of the gratest sites I ever seen..

    We started on the 4th of Aprile and got back on the 26th and we march
    every day. this is all I have to tell you at this time nothen mor at
    present but still remain....

    Note From Mikey: The spelling is right from the Calendar.. I didn't
    want to "fix it" only because - it's from a historical letter written
    119 years ago, in the history of the US :) :) I love this kind of
    stuff and thought I'd share it here - due to the train subject :) :)

    23 Locomotives & 200 cars destroyed & 4000 slaves freed !! :) :)
  2. rcline

    rcline Member

    Mickey -- Thankyou for that bit of history, I like reading stuff like that.
    23 locos and 200 cars, what a shame! Although 4000 men, women and children were freed it is still a shame to read about the trains!
  3. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    That is pretty neat Mikey. Thanks for posting that for all of us to see. :wave:
  4. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    april 27th... that was after appomattox...


  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks Mikey, an interesting read. I am sure the Georgetown they refer to isn't the Georgetown where I now live.
  6. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    LOL No - I don't think they could walk that far :) Georgetown Va is my guess :) :)
  7. emt49

    emt49 Member

    Well i dont know how fair georgetown is but i do know that the underground railroad crossed over the Niagara river by bridge into canada
  8. ausien

    ausien Active Member

    An interesting snippet from the past, I once read a dairy of an confederate soldger, it made interesting and informing reading.... have a good one..steve

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