Pennsylvania in the Civil War
Virtue ~ Liberty ~ Independence
March 26, 1817
December 14, 1905
Aboard a train, Jersey City, NJ
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
Superintendent, Pennsylvania Railroad In the 1850s he financed, designed, and built a series of rail lines in the Northeast that were extraordinary feats of engineering, highlighted by the five-mile long Hoosac tunnel through the Berkshires. The Bunker Hill covered bridge is the last remaining example of Herman Haupt's 1839 patent for the improved lattice truss.
Railroad engineer - continued in railroading for 40 years.
Author - wrote several important engineering treatises.
Inventor - invented an innovative pneumatic drill.
of a 80 feet high and 400 feet long bridge across Potomac Creek in less than two weeks. Marveling that there was "nothing in it but beanpoles and cornstalks," Lincoln called the bridge "the most remarkable structure that human eyes ever rested upon."
The Civil War Society. Encyclopedia of the Civil War. New York: Portland House, 1997.
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