Civil War Interrupted Pony Express Research

The Civil War, still America’s most deadly conflict, became the blinding focal point of public attenton, juat as the flet little poniesd had chalked up a year’s service freighting the California mail. By then the unique venture had assumed something of the flavor of an institution, and was comfortably taken for granted, while the great fratricide simply crowded it off the front page of public consciousness. After the war, the stress of reconstruction days, and the burgeoning development of the West, nearly relegated the Pony Express to the limbo of forgotten history.