Kennesaw in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
It was stolen by the Northern raiders who tried unsuccessfully to wreck the Confederate supply line between Atlanta, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tenn., and recovered by the Southern crew after an 86-mile chase that has been the subject of books and motion pictures.
This incident, called the most dramatic episode of the Civil War, led to awards of the first Congressional Medals of Honor to the men who stole the General.
The locomotive, built in 1855 for the Western & Atlantic Railroad, was restored by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad in 1961 to make a series of tours under its own power commemorating the Civil War Centennial.
Location. 34° 1.41′ N, 84° 36.854′ W. Marker is in Kennesaw, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker is on Cherokee Street just east of North Main Street, on the left when traveling east. The marker stands in front of the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, which houses The General. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Big Shanty (within shouting distance of this marker); The Andrews Raid (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stewart's Corps at Big Shanty (about 300 feet away); Site - Lacy Hotel (about 300 feet away); Locomotive "General" (about 300 feet away); William A. Fuller (about 300 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Federal Occupation of Big Shanty (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kennesaw.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. The museum has a website featuring The General. (Submitted on September 27, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. The General. Wikipedia has a detailed story of the theft of The General and the ensuing locomotive chase. (Submitted on September 27, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
3. The General. 1926 motion picture directed and starring Buster Keaton. “Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster (Submitted on April 20, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 799 times since then and 76 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week April 20, 2014. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 26, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.