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Sherman’s neckties

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Sherman’s neckties are the name given to Confederate railroad rails destroyed by the Union Army under the command of William Tecumseh Sherman in the Civil War. The rails were heated until they could be twisted into a loop resembling a necktie and began to appear after Sherman gave the order during his Atlanta Campaign in the summer of 1864. Three days after the order, only one rail line leading into Atlanta remained functional, and the destruction proved devestating to the Confederacy, which had scarce supplies to repair or replace the damage.

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