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#TheHistoryProject - The Jones-Imboden Raid – The C.S.A. Targets Western Virginia’s Railroads


Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Confederacy needed to stop Virginia’s northwestern counties from seceding and rejoining the Union as they contained the priceless B&O Railroad lines that kept the Midwestern and Western states connected to Washington. So, a Moorefield ranger arrived at an idea to destroy the railroad’s bridges and lines in western Virginia. Embraced by Robert E. Lee and executed by generals Jones and Imboden, it was a last-ditch effort to preserve old Virginia and hinder President Lincoln and the Union’s war efforts.

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