The Great Locomotive Chase, 150 years later...

An important Civil War anniversary occurred this week, and I'm not talking about the firing on Fort Sumter. Also known as Andrews' Raid, the "Great Locomotive Chase" took place on April 12, 1862, when Union operatives, led by James Andrews, commandeered The General, a Confederate locomotive, near Atlanta. Their objective was to destroy the vital Western & Atlantic Railroad as they made their way north toward Chattanooga. They were stopped short near the Tennessee border after an 88-mile run.

An illustration from Deeds of Valor: How America's Heroes Won the Medal of Honor, published in 1901.
Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Read more about this fascinating and audacious plan to cripple the Confederacy in The New York Times' Civil War blog, Disunion.

Also, a complete history of The General can be found on

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