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American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics

American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics

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Osprey's examination of guerilla tactics employed during the American Civil War (1861-1865). While the giant armies of the Union and the Confederacy were fighting over cities and strategic strongholds, a large number of warriors from both sides were fighting, smaller, more personal battles. Beginning with the violent struggle known as "Bleeding Kansas," armed bands of irregular fighters began to wage war in every corner of the United States. Many of the names of their commanders have become legendary, including William Quantrill, "Bloody Bill" Anderson, and John S. Mosby, "The Grey Ghost." To their own people they were heroes; to others they were the first of a new generation of wild west outlaw. Their tactics including robbing banks and trains, kidnapping soldiers and civilians, rustling cattle, and cutting telegraph lines. In fact, it is during the violence of the war that many of America's future outlaw legends would be born, most notably Cole Younger and Frank and Jesse James. In this book, new Osprey author Sean McLachlan explores the varied and often daring tactics employed by these famous warriors. Publisher: Osprey Publishing. Paperback, 64 pages. Measures 7.25" x 9.75" x 0.1". Weighs 7.2 oz.
Home on the Canal

Home on the Canal

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This richly illustrated and engagingly written book tells the story of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal from its origins in George Washington's decision to link the nation's new capital with the western frontier; through the beginning of construction in 1828 (fatefully, on the same day that the cornerstone of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad was set); to the "completion" of the project. Planned to go as far as Ohio and to take twelve years in construction, the Canal company's ambitions were scaled back after 22 years of toil, $14 million in expense, and the bankruptcy of several contractors took them only as far as Cumberland, at the eastern shed of the Alleghenies. Describing in detail how the C&O operated in its heyday, Elizabeth Kytle takes the story through the shut-down of operations in 1924, after the Canal was purchased by its competitor, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and the efforts that resulted in its preservation as a National Historical Park in 1971. Enriching this narrative, the book also provides oral history accounts of eleven men and women who worked on or grew up along the banks of the Canal. Publisher: The John Hopkins University Press. Paperback, 287 pages. Measures 7.25" x 9" x 0.5". Weighs 1 lb. 5.2 oz. 
Images of America: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in West Virginia

Images of America: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in West Virginia

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In 1827, a group of Baltimore capitalists feared their city would be left out of the lucrative East Coast-to-Midwest trade that other eastern cities were developing; thus, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was chartered. Political pressure kept the B&O out of Pennsylvania at first, and so track crewsheaded for what is now West Virginia, building mountainous routes with torturous grades to Wheeling and Parkersburg. Eventually the B&O financed and acquired a spiderweb of branch lines that covered much of the northern and central parts of the Mountain State. This book takes a close look at the line's locomotives, passenger and freight trains, structures, and, most importantly, its people who endeared their company to generations of travelers, shippers, and small Appalachian communities Publisher: Arcadia Publishing. Paperback, 128 Pages. Measures 9.2"x6.5"x0.2" . Weighs 11.1 oz.
Train Woodcraft Construction Kit

Locomotive Woodcraft Construction Kit

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Includes one kit, makes one locomotive. Package measures 9" x 7.25" x 0.5". Weighs 11 oz. 
Potomac Canal George Washington and the Waterway West

Potomac Canal George Washington and the Waterway West

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The Potomac Canal: George Washington and the Waterway West is a history of a new nation's first effort to link the rich western agricultural lands with the coastal port cities of the east. The Potomac Canal Company was founded in 1785, and was active until it was overtaken by the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company in 1828. During its operation, the canal system was used to ship flour from mills in the foothills of Appalachia to the tidewater of the Chesapeake, where the flour was shipped to the Caribbean as trade for sugar and other goods. This trade soon became the basis of agricultural wealth in West Virginia's eastern panhandle and throughout the Appalachian Piedmont. Coal was also shipped via the canal system from the upper reaches of the Potomac River to workshops at Harpers Ferry and beyond. This industrial trade route laid the foundation for what would eventually become the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.Publisher: West Virginia University Press. Paperback, 376 Pages. Measures 9.75"x8.5"x1" . Weighs 3 lbs 6.8 oz.
The American Railway: Its Construction, Development, Management, and Trains

The American Railway: Its Construction, Development, Management, and Trains

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The early history of the American railroad by the man the New York Times calls "one of the best-known civil engineers in America." The American Railway provides an exciting look at the railroad industry in the 1880s and how it developed as the business boomed. Originally published in 1889, it contains a thorough history of how railroads were built, the types of railways, the lives of railway workers, the various ways the railway affected political and business economics, as well as the safety precautions of people who rode or worked with the railway system. You'll also find more than two hundred hand-drawn illustrations--visual representations of great steam engines, graceful bridges, life in a Pullman car, railway accidents, views of track construction, and portraits of railroad pioneers and magnates of the times--and stories from real rail workers. Learn how far we've come from such humble beginnings and grow to have a newfound appreciation for the railways that paved our country's future. This edition features a new foreword by Jeff Smith, editor of the NRHS Bulletin, the quarterly magazine published by the National Railway Historical Society. Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing. Paperback, 456 pages. Measures 6" x 9" x 1.2". Weighs 1 lb 4.4 oz.
Towpath Guide to the C&O Canal

Towpath Guide to the C&O Canal

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The classic, must-have guidebook to the C&O Canal is back! With new photos and research, updated maps, and a 21st century makeover, Thomas Hahn’s labor of love remains the most comprehensive mile-by-mile guide to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Journey 184.5 miles past former wharfs and foundries on the Georgetown waterfront, through quant Potomac River towns, to the mountainous region of western Maryland, while exploring all of the canal locks, lockhouses, aqueducts, and culverts along the way. Read how raging floodwaters and Civil War armies wreaked havoc on canal structures. Discover nature, geology, and 19th century engineering feats, as well as stories of the laborers, locktenders, and canallers who made the C&O a monument to human ingenuity and endurance. Deftly balancing engineering details with colorful anecdote and lore, Hahn’s guidebook is the go-to resource for all things C&O.Author: Thomas F. Hahn. Publisher: Harpers Ferry Park Association. Paperback, 276 pages. Measures 6" x 9" x 0.25". Weighs: 1 lb. 9 oz.
Trains! Step into Reading 3

Trains! Step into Reading 3

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A Step 3 reader introducing trains of all shapes and sizes doing what they do best: hauling freight, carrying passengers, and zooming at speeds close to 400 miles per hour! Readers will encounter the Jacobite--a Scottish train that plays the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. They will learn about the great steam locomotives that crossed the United States, joining east and west in 1869. And they will learn about the different technologies­­--steam, diesel, electric, and electromagnetic­­--that continue to make trains an important part of our modern world. Illustrated with full color and black & white photos. Step 3 readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics--for children who are ready to read on their own. Publisher: Penguin Random House, LLC. Paperback, 48 pages. Measures 6" x 9"x0.2". Weighs 3.6 oz.
Wooden Pull Along Steam Engine
Wooden Pull Along Steam Engine

Wooden Pull Along Steam Engine

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Made from wood harvested from sustainably-managed forests. Solid wood constructionMeasures 6"x4.6"x3.25" . Weighs 11.3 oz.
Wooden Train Puzzle

Wooden Train Puzzle

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48 piece train puzzle. Ages 3 & up.Measures 11.75"x15.5"x0.25" . Weighs 1 lb 6 oz.