By Robert C. Whisonant
This is a clean examine the yankee Civil warfare from the point of view of the common assets essential to continue the armies within the box. This tale of the hyperlinks among minerals, topography, and the conflict in western Virginia now involves gentle in a manner that boosts our knowing of America’s maximum trial. 5 mineral items – niter, lead, salt, iron, and coal – have been totally necessary to salary battle within the 1860s. For the armies of the South, these assets have been focused within the distant Appalachian highlands of southwestern Virginia. From the start of the conflict, the Union knew that the major to victory used to be the destruction or career of the mines, furnaces, and forges positioned there, in addition to the railroad that moved the assets to the place they have been desperately wanted. to accomplish this, Federal forces many times complex into the treacherous mountainous terrain to struggle one of the most savage battles of the warfare.
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