AJC: Kennesaw museum to celebrate Great Locomotive Chase's 150th anniversary | Southern Museum

By Howard Pousner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The General, one of the largest artifacts of the Civil War, is a prized piece in the collection of Kennesaw's Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. The steam engine will be the centerpiece of an April celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase.

The Southern Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, has announced a day full of events on the sesquicentennial of the chase, April 12, in which Union spies, called Andrews' Raiders, crept behind enemy lines in Big Shanty (present-day Kennesaw) with a plan to commandeer the General. Andrews' Raiders intended to force an end to the war by cutting off the Confederate strategic railroad supply line between Atlanta and Chattanooga, tearing up track, destroying bridges and cutting telegraph wires along their way.

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