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The 19th Century
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Issac Monroe St. John
Before the outbreak of the Civil War, St. John was a civil engineer connected with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the Blue Ridge, the Louisville, Cincinnati, and Lexington, and the Chesapeake and Ohio. Entering as a private in South Carolina at the outbreak of the war, St. John quickly moved up the ranks, and by the war's end had become Commissary General of the Confederacy. After the war he returned to the railroads as a civil engineer. His involvement with the railroads and the Civil War place him in the center of the two giant forces that ushered modernization into the American South.

Issac Monroe St. John (1827-1880)
b. in Augusta, Georgia, Class of 1845