Reprise: The Bridge Burners

In 1861, a group of forty Unionists of East Tennessee, some of them from Knoxville, set out to put their actions where their politics were.

They plotted to burn regional railroad bridges to stop or at least slow Confederate soldiers and supplies bound for the Virginia battle front. Some were captured and hung, though President Jefferson Davis reprieved a few before the trapdoor was sprung. Now there’s a web site to tell their story.

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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