Railroads in Civil War Strategy

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Carlisle, PA 17013
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Join us for a meeting with Lincoln’s General In Chief, General Ulysses S. Grant! In this meeting, he will give some background on the development of railroads in America during his own formative years and will describe how the nation and its railroads grew up together, in those tumultuous years of the American Civil War. Gen. Grant will relate his own experiences with trains and railroading from his youth through becoming the victor of the civil war through stories and artifacts from the period. If you are a fan of US history, no matter a student of the Civil War, or America’s railroads, or life in the 1800s, this encounter will engage and cross over to many areas of interest.

Gunnery Sgt Kenneth J. Serfass is a native of Bethlehem, PA. Now a first-person impressionist and full-time professional living historian portraying Ulysses S. Grant, he presents from 11 up to 23 appearances each month all year. Ken began appearing as General Grant in 2009 while living in San Diego CA, and since returning to the east coast, he is engaged in horseback tours, railroad excursions, school history programs, living history and roundtable events, public libraries, and annually in Southern California at Huntington Beach’s Civil War Days over Labor Day weekend. Learn more about him at his website:

Photo in flyer courtesy of Kenneth Serfass.