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Kennesaw (Big Shanty ) in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Locomotive “General”

 
 
Locomotive "General" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 2007
1. Locomotive "General" Marker
Inscription.
This Tablet marks the spot at which the
LOCOMOTIVE "GENERAL"
was captured by Andrews Raiders
morning of April 12th, 1862

Capt. Jas.J. Andrews , with twenty volunteers from Sill's Brigade, Mitchell's Corps, U.S.A. and a citizen of Kentucky, all dressed as civilians, captured the "General" at Big Shanty, April 12,1862, while the train crew and passengers were taking breakfast. The purpose of the capture was to destroy the bridges on the Western & Atlantic R.R. , and thereby cut off the Confederate Army from its base supplies. Conductor W.A. Fuller accompanied by Engineer Jeff Cain and Anthony Murphy, Foreman of the W.& A. Shops, commenced pursuit on foot. They soon secured a hand car and in spite of obstructions placed on the track by Andrews Raiders, made rapid progress. They found the engine "Yonah" at Etowah, and the pursuit then was at such a rapid pace, that serious damage to the railroad by the Raiders was impossible. The "General" was abandoned by the Raiders on account of lack of fuel and the close pursuit of Conductor Fuller and his party.

Jas.J. Andrews, Flemingsburg Ky.
M.A. Ross, 2nd. Ohio Vol. Inf.
G.D. Wilson, Co. B., - - - -
C.P. Shadrach, Co. K., - - - -
J.M. Scott, Co. F., 21st. - - -
S. Slavens, Co. E., 33rd. - - -
S. Robertson, Co. C.,
Locomotive "General" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, June 4, 2013
2. Locomotive "General" Marker
Behind the marker (nearest) and across the railroad tracks, you can see the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, home to the General.
- - - -
W.H. Campbell Citizen
Were executed in Atlanta as spies.

Jno. A. Wilson, Co. C., 21st Ohio Vol. Inf.
Mark Wood, Co. C., - - - -
J.R. Porter, Co. C., - - - -
W.W. Brown, Co. F., - - - -
Wm. Knight, Co. E., - - - -
D. A. Dorsey, Co. H., 33rd - - -
Martin Hawkins, Co. A., - - - -
John Wollam, Co. C., - - - -
Escaped from prison and reached the Union Lines.

Wm. Pittenger Co. C 2nd Ohio Vol. Inf.
Jacob Parrott Co. K 33rd - - -
Wm. H. Reddick Co. B - - - -
Rob Buffum Co. H 21st - - -
Wm. Bensinger Co. G - - - -
E. H. Mason Co. K - - - -
Were exchanged from Libby Prison.

Prominent among the pursuers were ......... Smith, Steve Stokely, Peter Bracken, F. Cox, A. Martin, H. Haney.
 
Erected 1901.
 
Location. 34° 1.437′ N, 84° 36.901′ W. Marker is in Kennesaw (Big Shanty ), Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker is on Big Shanty Rd (Cherokee Street ), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. West side of RR Tracks, Track side. Kennesaw Big Shanty is located about 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, 45 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Kennesaw GA 30152, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Locomotive General on display Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 1996
3. Locomotive General on display Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
2829 Cherokee Street (Big Shanty Rd)
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William A. Fuller (here, next to this marker); Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Federal Occupation of Big Shanty (a few steps from this marker); Stewart's Corps at Big Shanty (within shouting distance of this marker); Site - Lacy Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Andrews Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Big Shanty (within shouting distance of this marker); The General (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Direct relationship,
 
Also see . . .
1. Story of The General. The General was a wood-burning locomotive, with a 4-4-0 wheel alignment and gauge of five feet. (Submitted on February 5, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The "Texas". Steaming in reverse after jettisoning the railcars, the Texas pursued the fleeing General over 50 miles to Ringgold, Georgia, where the raiders abandoned their stolen train two miles north of that town and fled. The Texas's engineer, Peter Bracken, towed the abandoned General back to Adairsville, Georgia, and then picked up his 21 cars and steamed into Atlanta, well behind schedule, but with a good reason. (Submitted on February 5, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
The "Texas", pursued the "General " in reverse over 50 miles image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, circa 1984
4. The "Texas", pursued the "General " in reverse over 50 miles

3. The General /North Georgia. Early in the Civil War, spies rode this combined freight-passenger train into history in an event now popularized as "The Great Locomotive Chase." (Submitted on February 5, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Locomotive
Yonah was one of the four steam locomotives involved in the Great Locomotive Chase during the American Civil War. Yonah is a variant transliteration for Jonah (יונה) in Hebrew and means dove.
    — Submitted February 5, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
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