U.S. Government takes over the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Delaware Railroad
With the security of Washington, DC as primary concern, the U.S. Government took over the running of the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad Company through an agent in Philadelphia. Trains began running on a new and secure route to the capital filled with troops and supplies. (By John Osborne)
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 761.