railroads, Civil War, Baltimore
The B&O Railroads area of operations during the Civil War placed it both in harms way, as well as presented opportunities for immense profit and expansion. However, two distinct parties within the board of directors remained at odds over the nature and direction of the growth. Using one particular case as a foundation, this paper examines the dynamics of the board of directors during the Civil War through a case study of a injunction brought by members of the board against the controlling board as a whole. Within a comprehensive examination of the history of the B&O and its role throughout the course of the war, this paper uncovers the nature of the dispute, as well as the dynamics of the players and events involved, which formed a catalyst for the expansion of one of the most successful railroad operations in American history.
Legal History, Theory and Process