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By Robert C. Whisonant

This is a clean examine the yank Civil battle from the perspective of the common assets essential to hold the armies within the box. This tale of the hyperlinks among minerals, topography, and the conflict in western Virginia now involves gentle in a manner that boosts our knowing of America’s maximum trial. 5 mineral items – niter, lead, salt, iron, and coal – have been totally necessary to salary conflict within the 1860s. For the armies of the South, these assets have been targeted within the distant Appalachian highlands of southwestern Virginia. From the start of the warfare, the Union knew that the main to victory used to be 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 again and again complicated into the treacherous mountainous terrain to struggle essentially the most savage battles of the warfare.

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