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In 1861 the Mississippi River Valley was the only transportation route for transporting bulk cargo (wheat, etc.) to market.  From western Pennsylvania it was cheaper to ship down the Ohio River, to the Mississippi, transfer the cargo from river boat to ocean sailing ship in New Orleans, across the Gulf, up the Atlantic coast to New York than shipping it overland.  For Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, etc., it was the only route to get their products to a paying market.

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by ATinNM on Mon Jan 20th, 2014 at 01:52:45 PM EST
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