Centennial Times - March 28, 1862 - B&O rebuilt
March 28, 1862
B. & O. Is Rebuilt And Open Again
The railroad bridge at Harper’s Ferry has been repaired. The Baltimore and Ohio railroad is once again open from Baltimore to Ohio.
Construction crews of the railroad started work on both sides of the railroad on March 4. They repaired the masonry of the piers, and laid stringers and flooring under them. Despite rain and cold weather, and high water on the Potomac, they finished the job in two weeks.
While this work was in progress, Maj.Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks sent his first division, under Brig. Gen. Charles Hamilton, toward Winchester. Brig. Gen. James Shields followed with three of his brigades, and these troops occupied Winchester without opposition on March 12.
Stonewall Jackson attacked on March 23, with 4000 men to Shield’s 7000. They fought at Kernstown, just south of Winchester. Shields was wounded, but Jackson’s men were beaten back.
With assurance of their safety, labor gangs began to lay new railroad tracks at Harper’s Ferry and along the right of way westward where Confederate raiders had torn up the tracks. Trestles and culverts were restored, and the, whole road rebuilt from Harpers Ferry to Martinsburg and points west.
On March 29, the Baltimore and Ohio will be declared open from the, Ohio to the Chesapeake, and the first trains begin to move mountains from farm produce that had been waiting for shipment east.
The first passenger train will go through on April 1st.
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