Book ID: CBB065524650

Reflections of a Civil War locomotive engineer: A ghost-written memoir (2011)


Diana Bailey Harris (Author)


Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: 275
Language: English

The lives of ordinary men can illuminate history in ways that stories of great men may not. Separated as adolescents in Canada, reunited by the US Civil War, brothers John and Francis Bailey forge bonds which ensure their survival in the turbulent years that follow. This historical biography presents America's pursuit of her Manifest Destiny through the eyes of a Michigan railroad engineer and an Albany NY policeman, based on the trove of documents John Bailey collected over nearly half a century. He gives us an insider's view of the expansion of the US railroad system, including detailed descriptions of the workings of steam engines and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. And, as he tells the story, often referring to letters received from Francis over the course of 36 years, John finally discovers his brother's secret for enjoying life despite adversity.

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Review Butler, Robert S. (Fall/Winter 2012) Review of "Reflections of a Civil War locomotive engineer: A ghost-written memoir". Railroad History (pp. 105-106). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Grant, H. Roger
Hofsommer, Don L.
Heywood, Anthony
Ott, John
Barnett, LeRoy
Schauer, David C.
Railroad History
Indiana University Press
Michigan State University Press
Morning Sun Books
University of West Virginia Press
On the Mark!
Land transportation
Management; administration
Locomotives, steam
Burdakin, John H.
Langdon, Jervis, Jr.
Lomonosov, Iurii V.
Young, J. J., Jr. (John Joseph), 1928-2004
Barriger, John W. (John Walker), 1899-1976
Lewis, Eugene M.
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
United States
Michigan (U.S.)
Upper Peninsula (Mich.)
Seattle (Washington, U.S.)
Midwestern states (U.S.)
Grand Trunk Western Railway Company
Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad Company
Southern Railway (U.S.)
Pennsylvania Railroad

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