By Robert C. Whisonant
This is a clean examine the yankee Civil struggle from the viewpoint of the common assets essential to continue the armies within the box. This tale of the hyperlinks among minerals, topography, and the conflict in western Virginia now involves gentle in a fashion that reinforces our realizing of America’s maximum trial. 5 mineral items – niter, lead, salt, iron, and coal – have been totally necessary to salary battle within the 1860s. For the armies of the South, these assets have been focused within the distant Appalachian highlands of southwestern Virginia. From the start of the struggle, the Union knew that the major to victory was once the destruction or profession of the mines, furnaces, and forges situated there, in addition to the railroad that moved the assets to the place they have been desperately wanted. to accomplish this, Federal forces time and again complicated into the treacherous mountainous terrain to struggle essentially the most savage battles of the battle.
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