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Drought Reveals Canal Boats on Rappahannock River Bed

Identifier: 2017.1.284
The drought in 1953 revealed remnants of canal boots along the Rappahannock River at Waterloo. Richmond Times Dispatch article reprinted by the Culpeper Star-Exponent. The canal was only in use for 8 or 10 years when it was replaced by the arrival of rail travel. At one time the area of Waterloo had four stores, a woolen mill owned by Middleton Miller, warehouses, a shop which made canal boats, and blacksmith shops. Shield's Command destroyed the mill because cloth for confederate soldier's uniforms was made there. General Beauregard burned the bridge at Waterloo when he was retreating from the first Battle of Manassas.
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