Steam Train Commemorates a Civil War Battle
JEFFERSON CITY - Union Pacific will use a steam locomotive to pull the a Civil War-era train called the "Shiloh Limited" through Boonville and Jefferson City Tuesday.
The train will hold Civil War re-enactors who will perform at some of the stops along the way. The event will commemorate the Battle of Shiloh which took place on April 6 and 7 in 1892.
The train will stop in Boonville around 12:15 p.m. That stop will brief and be used to service the locomotive. Then the train will make its way to Jefferson City to stop at the Missouri Pacific Depot. The Jefferson City stop will last about 70 minutes and feature a Marine Band playing and activites to help commemorate the event.
More than 150 years ago, Union troops interested in keeping peace in Missouri were loaded onto trains. They would then go to western Tennessee to try to keep armies from invading. According to government records, the Battle of Shiloh was the bloodiest battle to date in the Civil War. More than 4,000 men died in the battle.