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        The Railroads of New Georgia | Georgia Stories

        Atlanta was originally called Terminus because it was the end of the line for the Western & Atlantic railroad. Ultimately, railroads made Georgia an economic success and a Civil War target. John Gilbert takes students on a tour of the Big Shanty Museum [now renamed The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History] and reveals that the Civil War was known as the railroad war because battles were fought up and down the rail lines. Tracks and bridges were constantly being destroyed and rebuilt to move troops and supplies for one side or the other.


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