Reflections of a Civil War Locomotive Engineer by Diana Bailey Harris
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The lives of ordinary men can illuminate history in ways that stories of great men may not. John and Francis, separated as adolescents in Toronto, are reunited by the US Civil War.

We see America's pursuit of her Manifest Destiny through the eyes of a Michigan railroad engineer and an Albany, NY policeman. We get an insider's view of the expansion of the US railroad system, including detailed explanations of the workings of steam engines and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. And, as he tells the story, John finally discovers Francis's secret to enjoying life despite adversity.

About Diana Bailey Harris

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Diana Harris has studied literature and history all her life. Her liberal arts training in analysis, synthesis, and communication led to a somewhat surprising, successful 24-year career at Intel Corp. It also gave her the tools to research and write "Reflections of a Civil War Locomotive Engineer." She now lives in Portland, OR, where she's working on a sequel of sorts, "Tenacity is My Middle Name: Adventures of a First-Born Daughter.
Published September 1, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War.

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Although Bailey’s engagement in the Civil War was limited (he didn’t arrive in Virginia until 1864), it is a compellingly unique perspective to follow the advancement of the Union Army as seen through the eyes of a civilian locomotive engineer.

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