Friday, September 9, 2011

Lebanon in the Civil War

Yesterday, we went to the Route 66 Museum in Lebanon, Missouri, which boasts a small, but well-stocked library of books pertaining to Route 66, the Lincoln Highway and other historical roads in the US.

I found one book written by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) regarding Missouri in the 1930s.

Looking up Lebanon, it said that the town became strategically important during the war to both sides because of its location on what was called the Military Road, a dirt road that connected St. Louis and Springfield in Missouri. I believe I have also seen it referred to as the Telegraph Road because of the wires stretched along it.

This road became Route 66 some sixty-plus years later.

The book also reported that both sides occupied Lebanon at various times.

So, That's About the Road of It. --Old B-Runner

1 comment:

troutbirder said...

Been browsing this blog and found it fascinating and very well done. Was surprpised to learn of a memorial for James Longstreet. Maybe some honest perspectives of his important role in the Confederacy are finally come to light.