Thu., April 12, 2012 1:59pm (EDT)

Georgia Marks 150 Years Since The Great Locomotive Chase
By Associated Press
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Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The raid inspired the 1926 Buster Keaton silent comedy "The General."  (photo courtesy of Digital Library of Georgia)
The raid inspired the 1926 Buster Keaton silent comedy "The General." (photo courtesy of Digital Library of Georgia)
On April 12, 1862, during the Civil War, Union volunteers led by James J. Andrews stole a Confederate locomotive near Marietta, Ga., and headed toward Chattanooga, Tenn., on a mission to sabotage as much of the rail line as they could; the raiders were caught, and eight of them, Andrews included, were executed as spies. (The raid inspired the 1926 Buster Keaton silent comedy "The General.")



Contributors: Dominick Brady