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“Confederate General and Railroad Magnate William Mahone” – Charles Knight
May 15 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Charles Knight, noted author, historian, & Curator of Military History at the North Carolina Museum of History will present “Confederate General and Railroad Magnate William Mahone.” “Short in stature, but every inch a soldier” is how one writer described William Mahone. Known as “Little Billy,” he envisioned a railroad empire from the Chesapeake Bay to the Mississippi River; the railroad he built became the Norfolk & Western. Mahone was one of Robert E. Lee’s most trusted lieutenants in the closing year of the Civil War, where he distinguished himself at the Wilderness and Petersburg. He aligned himself with the Republicans during Reconstruction yet dominated Virginia politics for two decades. An irascible and polarizing figure during his time, Mahone left his fingerprints on every facet of postwar Virginia’s political and economic landscape.