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“General”

 
 
General Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 6, 2009
1. General Marker
Inscription.
This Tablet marks the spot at which the
LOCOMOTIVE "GENERAL"
Was Abandoned by Andrews Raiders
Afternoon 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,
General Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 6, 2009
2. General Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground and a distant view of the railroad track southward, the direction the "General" was coming from and the direction that pursuing Confederates were traveling.
Co. C., - - - -
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° 56.508′ N, 85° 6.254′ W. Marker is in Ringgold, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Ooltewah Ringgold Road (Georgia Route 151) just north of Headrick Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is located just north of Ringgold, Georgia. To get there travel to downtown Ringgold, and locate the historic Western & Atlantic RR Depot. From the depot, head north on State Route 151 (just south of the depot, called Ootewah Street/US Route 41 Truck Route at the intersection below the depot) for 1.9 miles. The historical marker will be on the left. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3188 Ooltewah Ringgold Road, Ringgold GA 30736, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Whitman House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Actions At Ringgold (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Evans House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Confederate Hospitals (approx. 1.8 miles away); Catoosa County (approx. 1.8 miles away); Flame of Freedom (approx. 1.8 miles away); Catoosa County War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Western & Atlantic Depot (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ringgold.
 
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Also see . . .
1. The Great Locomotive Chase. This web site claims to provide the definitive story of the Andrews Raid - April 12, 1862, and it was the recipient of a five star award from Civil War Interactive. (Submitted on June 16, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Andrews Raiders and the Great Locomotive Chase. This web link was both published and made available by, "About North Georgia." (Submitted on June 16, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. List of the Raiders names and their Pursuers. This web link was both published and made available by, "About North Georgia." (Submitted on June 16, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. The Great Locomotive Chase In Georgia. This web link was both published and made available by, "civilwarhome.com." (Submitted on June 16, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,441 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on June 24, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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