John W. Garrett made a MAJOR difference ... in the growth of the American railroad system ... in the progress of the Civil War. The B&O under Garrett was right on the front line of the war. But Garrett was a Southern sympathizer. The story of how he changed his loyalty, became a friend of Lincoln, contributed greatly to the Union cause -- it all makes fascinating reading! And Garrett, who became Maryland's wealthiest man, was a larger-than-life character, not just one of your "everyday" railroad moguls. His rise to the top is an all-American, Horatio Alger story. And it is an important though little-known part of American history.
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Peter Maynard is a retired newspaper publisher now writing books about railroads and railroad people.
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