Washington County Free Library is pleased to announce that Historian and Railroader John Hankey will present a lecture titled Railroads and the American Civil War at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, (located at 401 Museum Drive) on Sunday, July 15 at 2:30 pm.
In this illustrated lecture, Historian, Curator, and Educator John P. Hankey explores the many roles played by railroads in the North and South during the American Civil War, and especially the Baltimore & Ohio, Western Maryland, and other railroads in the region. “At the beginning of the War, neither the Union nor the Confederacy fully understood how railroading might be used in time of war, nor did they realize their strategic value. Very quickly, the United States learned how to create an effective system of ‘railroad logistics’ and make railroading one of its most potent weapons. The Confederacy never quite grasped how to effectively use its railroads.”
John Hankey is an independent scholar, historian, and railroader. A native of Baltimore, he served the B&O Railroad in a variety of capacities including company historian, locomotive engineer, and Curator of the B&O Railroad Museum. He holds a BS from the John Hopkins University, an MA as a Hagley Fellow at the University of Delaware, and did further graduate study at the University of Chicago. Presently he is a consultant to railroad museums and historic preservation projects throughout the United States and a member of many historical organizations.
This program is being sponsored in part by the Hagerstown Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau.