Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Hanging of Andrews' Raiders
280 feet south of this location on June 18, 1862, seven of the Union Army's brave Andrews (sic) Raiders were hanged and buried. On April 12, 1862, 22 Andrews (sic) Raiders seized the General, a tender and three boxcars at Big Shanty (now Kennesaw) and raced toward Chattanooga on the Western & Atlantic Railroad in an effort to burn bridges and otherwise dismember a supply artery vital to the Confederacy. They had covered 87 miles when the General was overtaken by valiant pursuers led by conductor Fuller. Of the raiders, only these seven plus James J. Andrews, their leader, were executed by Confederate Army. In 1866, remains of the seven were exhumed from this location and reinterred at the National Cemetery at Chattanooga. Andrews' remains were reinterred at the National Cemetery in 1887. The first awards of the Congressional Medal of Honor were made to members of the Andrews (sic) Raiders.
Executed June 18, 1862, At Atlanta City (now Oakland) Cemetery
John M. Scott . . . . . . . . . . . . Marion A. Ross
21st Ohio Vol. Inf. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Ohio Vol. Inf.
33rd Ohio Vol. Inf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Ohio Vol, Inf.
33rd Ohio Vol. Inf.
George D. Wilson
2nd Ohio Vol. Inf.
William H. Campbell, civilian
Executed June 7, 1862, Downtown Atlanta
James J. Andrews, civilian
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil.
Location. 33° 44.81′ N, 84° 22.174′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Memorial is at the intersection of Memorial Drive S.E. and Park Avenue S.E. on Memorial Drive S.E.. Although this historical marker is located in the Oakland Cemetery, it is located right on the southern edge of the cemetery grounds and it can be both seen and accessed from the nearby roadway. It is located right where Park Avenue has a "T" intersection with Memorial Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 248 Oakland Avenue, Atlanta GA 30312, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burial Ground of Congregation Ahavath Achim (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Our Confederate Dead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clement Anselm Evans (approx. Rev. Dr. Henry Carr Hornady (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alfred Iverson, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Brown Gordon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Soldiers Plot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Noel d'Alvigny (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Also see . . .
1. Andrews Raid. New Georgia Encyclopedia (Submitted on February 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Great Locomotive Chase. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. June 18, 1862: James Andrews’s raiders, for the Great Locomotive Chase. Executed Today entry (Submitted on February 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 699 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on April 30, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 7, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6. submitted on February 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.