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The antebellum south saw the birth of railroads as a means of transporting crops to market. The skills developed by the men who “fired” steam locomotives would be used to move soldiers and supplies during the war. Railroad work was dangerous for engine crews and track workers who labored outside, in all types of weather. Their talents would aid the Confederacy, but they received help from an unlikely source. Find out as Museum Visitor Services Specialist George Saunders explains.