Lynchburg, Virginia, is
located just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the banks of the James River, where its founder,
John Lynch, established a ferry service in 1757. On the eve of the American Civil War (1861–1865),
Lynchburg was Virginia's sixth-largest city and a major transportation center, with
access to the James River and Kanawha Canal, as well as the Virginia and Tennessee,
the South Side, and the
Orange and Alexandria railroads. In addition, t. . .
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