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In Tennessee, retreating Confederates cut the vital rail link between Nashville and Chattanooga

Destroyed railroad bridge over Running Water Creek, Tennessee, September 1863, artist's impression, detail
08/23/1863
The retreating Confederate Army burned the 110 foot high trestle bridge over Running Water Creek, near Whiteside in Marion County, cutting the Nashville to Chattanooga Railroad, a 115 mile line vital to Union supply lines.  The 780 foot bridge was rebuilt during October and November 1863 at a cost of $59,000, one of the Union's great feats of engineering in the war. The N. & C. Railroad was repaired and running by January 1865.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Richard E. Prince, The Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway: History and Steam Locomotives (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001), 10. 
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