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Rails of the Manassas Gap Railroad
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Andrew Joseph Russell
American, Alexandria, Virgini, about January 1865
Albumen print
9 1/4 x 12 7/8 in.
84.XM.481.5

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From an elevated perspective, A. J. Russell made this photograph overlooking the Union Army's plentiful supply of iron rails. Rows of barracks and a train of boxcars fill the background. Between the tall, neatly stacked rails rests a train of flatbed cars loaded with more rails. During the American Civil War, the frequent destruction of railroads required a large supply of replacement rails. According to one report, the Union's. Military Railroad purchased over 21,000 tons of track between 1862 and 1865.