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Insurgents destroy track and equipment along a hundred mile stretch of the North Missouri Railroad

Railroad Accidents
12/20/1861
In a concerted attempt to disrupt Union supply lines, Confederate forces and local insurgents assembled to destroy track, trestles, depots, water tanks, telegraph lines and bridges on the North Missouri Railroad. In a single blow, railroad communications over a hundred miles between Hudson and Warrenton, Missouri were cut.  This lead directly to General Henry Halleck's order two days later to meet such actions with summary executions and other extreme measures.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Dennis K. Boman, Lincoln and Citizens' Rights in Civil War Missouri: balancing freedom and security (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2011), 78-79.

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