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The War Came By Train: American Civil War 150th Anniversary

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April 30, 2011 - December 31, 2015

The Civil War was the first major conflict where railroads played a prominent role, and the B&O was the major line that straddled a divided country. Between April 19, 1861 (The Baltimore Riot of 1861) and April 21, 1865 (Lincoln’s funeral train leaving Baltimore for Illinois), the B&O stood as witness and participant in the greatest conflict the United States has ever faced. The story the B&O Railroad Museum can tell better than any other organization on earth is the story of how railroads and railroaders shaped the course of American history during a pivotal moments of the conflict.

The War Came By Train is the B&O Railroad Museum’s commemoration of 150th anniversary the American Civil War and will feature:

The National Landmark Roundhouse: The largest assemblage of Civil War railroad equipment in the world including eight locomotives and cars that served during the war, interpretive signage, video presentations, and life-size historic dioramas. Locomotives to be presented include The William Mason (1858), The Thatcher Perkins (1863), The Memnon (1848), The John Hancock (1836), and the Pioneer (1851).

The Annex Gallery: An exhibition space that will change annually to correspond with a war year (i.e. 2011 will focus on 1861). The exhibits feature significant artifacts from the Smithsonian’s collection, the museum’s collection, and the collections of other institutions and private collectors in the region. Many of these artifacts are on public exhibit for the first time.

Visit the B&O Railroad Museum online for more information on this exhibit.

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B&O Railroad Museum
901 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
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