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Meridian in Lauderdale County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Sherman's “Bow Tie”

 

—Meridian Civil War Trail —

 
Sherman's "Bow Tie" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2014
1. Sherman's "Bow Tie" Marker
Inscription.
To prevent repair of rails, General Sherman's troops created “bow ties.” They burned crossties to heat rails, then twisted the rails around trees. Altogether they destroyed more than 100 miles of track around Meridian.
 
Erected 2014 by the Meridian/Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location. 32° 21.881′ N, 88° 41.714′ W. Marker is in Meridian, Mississippi, in Lauderdale County. Marker can be reached from Front Street 0.1 miles west of 17th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 Front Street, Meridian MS 39301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Depot Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads and the War (within shouting distance of this marker); Meridian (within shouting distance of this marker); Jimmie Rodgers & The Blues (within shouting distance of this marker); Meridian's "C" Battery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moe Bandy (about 800 feet away); Elsie McWilliams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Country Music Comes of Age (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Meridian.
 
Also see . . .
Sherman's "Bow Tie" examples image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2014
2. Sherman's "Bow Tie" examples

1. Visit Meridian website: Sherman "Bow Ties". (Submitted on September 26, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia entry: Sherman's neckties. (Submitted on September 26, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Sherman's "Bow Tie" Marker area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2014
3. Sherman's "Bow Tie" Marker area
Heating up the rails! image. Click for full size.
By G.N. Barnard - Public Domain
4. Heating up the rails!
Four men with crowbars seem to be twisting a rail, following Sherman's orders.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 454 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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