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Railroads, Civil War And Ulysses S. Grant Set For Next Lunch With Books

Ken Serfass as Ulysses S. Grant

WHEELING — The Ohio County Public Library will welcome Ken Serfass as Ulysses S. Grant for the next Lunch With Books livestream program at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 5, for “Railroads in Civil War Strategy” with the general.

The successful military commander wins because he is able to adapt to changing situations. And so it was during the American Civil War with new developments in railroad technology and utility. General Grant enjoys a reputation as a fine horseman, but it’s not just flesh and blood horses, but also the “Iron Horse” that he understands and appreciates.

In this meeting with President Abraham Lincoln’s general in chief, Grant will give some background on the development of railroads in America during his own formative years, and will describe how the nation and its railroads grew up together in those tumultuous years of the American Civil War, including here in the new state of West Virginia and in Wheeling, where railroad security was a key to victory.

Through sharing stories and artifacts from the period, Gen. Grant will relate his own experiences with trains and railroading from his youth through the Union’s victory during the war.

Visit the Ohio County Public Library’s website or official social media pages to view the livestream program.

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