The Manassas Gap Railroad was chartered in 1849 and served as a short
but crucial line for both Confederate and Union forces during the American Civil War (1861–1865).
Although it had just seventy-seven miles of track, the railroad also connected points
near the United States capital to the Shenandoah Valley, which made the line
strategically important. Nearly thirty miles southwest of Washington, D.C., at
Manassas Junction the tracks intersected the Oran. . .
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