By Kathleen Waters Sander
Chartered in 1827 because the country’s first railroad, the mythical Baltimore and Ohio performed a special position within the nation’s nice railroad drama and have become the version for American railroading. John W. Garrett, who served as president of the B&O from 1858 to 1884, ranked one of the nice strength agents of the time. during this gripping and well-researched account, historian Kathleen Waters Sander tells the tale of the B&O’s starting and its unparalleled plan to construct a rail line from Baltimore over the Allegheny Mountains to the Ohio River, thought of to be the main bold engineering feat of its time. The B&O’s good fortune ignited "railroad fever" and helped to catapult railroading to America’s such a lot influential within the 19th century.
Taking the B&O helm through the railroads’ expansive development within the 1850s, Garrett quickly grew to become his cognizance to the calls for of the Civil warfare. Sander explains how, regardless of suspected Southern sympathies, Garrett turned one among President Abraham Lincoln's such a lot depended on confidantes and strategists, making the B&O on hand for transporting Northern troops and gear to severe battles. The Confederates attacked the B&O 143 instances, yet couldn't positioned "Mr. Lincoln’s highway" into chapter 11. After the warfare, Garrett grew to become one of many first of the famed Gilded Age tycoons, emerging to unimagined energy and wealth. Sander explores how—when he was once now not struggling with fierce railroad wars with competitors—Garrett instructed the B&O into hugely winning entrepreneurial endeavors, quadrupling song mileage to arrive very important advertisement markets, jumpstarting Baltimore’s moribund postwar financial system, and developing lavish inns in Western Maryland to open tourism within the quarter. Sander brings to lifestyles the brazen risk-taking, clashing of outsized egos, and splendid existence of the Gilded Age tycoons during this richly illustrated portrait of 1 man’s undaunted efforts to enhance the B&O and boost its expertise. Chronicling the epic technological alterations of the 19th century, from rudimentary advertisement alternate and primitive transportation westward to the railroads’ indelible influence at the nation and the economic climate, John W. Garrett and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is a vibrant account of Garrett’s twenty-six-year reign.
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John W. Garrett and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad by Kathleen Waters Sander