Reprise: East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad

Its roadbed, somewhat elevated from the surrounding terrain, gave the novel’s Private Bird Clark and his fictional cousin, the historical Lt. Col. Alfred George Washington O’Brien, a convenient place from which to view Fort Sanders.

Although, unfortunately, not enough of the fort’s approaches to influence the outcome of the Confederate attack.

The ET&G, organized in 1848, was the first RR to link Knoxville with the Atlantic coast, in 1852, via the Western & Atlantic Railroad at Dalton, Georgia. In 1869, the ET&G merged with the East Tennessee & Virginia RR, extending its northern reach to Bristol, TN, on the Virginia state line.

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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