Hell on Wheels season 4. I’ve been investigated about men who could have inspired the fictional character of Cullen Bohannon. Now, I’ve found his antithesis. He is John S Casement.
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Cullen Bohannon is a former Confederate States Army cavalry captain and slave owner from Mississippi. He bravely participated in numerous battles throughout the war, including action at Antietam (Sharpsburg). His men “rode to hell and back” for him.
Historical man John Stephen “Jack” Casement (January 1, 1829 – December 13, 1909) was born in Geneva, New York. He was a general and brigade commander in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He also behaves bravely, and at the Battle of Franklin, his commanding officer, Jacob D. Cox, credited him with “saving the day for the Union.”
Near the end of the war, Cullen Bohannon plantation was destroyed and his family killed. His quest of revenge takes him to Iowa and finally, to Hell on Wheels, where he will become chief engineer at the first Transcontinental Railroad.
In 1866, Thomas Clark Durant (Mr Durant in Hell on Wheels) appointed General Grenville M. Dodge as the chief engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad, and he hired John S Casement to direct the construction crews. Among great difficulties with Indians, Mormons, and bandits, he oversaw the construction from Fremont, Nebraska, to the railroad completion at Promontory, Utah.
Cullen Bohannon was chief engineer of Mr Durant too. And we have seen his problems with bandits, Indians and Mormons during season 1, 2 and 3.
John S Casement married Frances Jennings in 1857. She was was an American suffragette and voting advocate from Painesville, Ohio. Frances and her husband moved to Wyoming where they became friends with suffragettes Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Hell on Wheels season 4 is placed in Wyoming. In episode 3, Cullen Bohannon has just returned to Cheyenne. Of course, he is married with a Mormon girl, Naomi, but we’ll see how Naomi evolves.
What do you think? Is not John S Casement a source of inspiration in Hell on Wheels? His life is parallel with Cullen Bohannon life. I think he is very similar to Bohannon in some aspects and his antithesis in others. But writers have the privilege of changing history… only a little.
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