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Marylanders in sympathy with the South burn railroad bridges linking Philadelphia with Washington DC

Pennsylvania Rail Road Locomotive Number 146, circa 1860
04/19/1861 to 04/20/1861
Southern sympathizers in Maryland further restricted federal troop movements towards Washignton through Baltimore when they overnight burned sections of the railroad bridges over the Gunpowder and Bush Rivers that carried the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad and the Northern Central Railroad. Troops now had to be moved by water, from Havre de Grace down to Annapolis.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America ... (Philadelphia, A. Winch, 1867), 7. 
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), 760.