150th Observances: Family Donates Civil War Medal of Honor to Southern Museum | Southern Museum

Linda Waggoner Darnall, center, on behalf of the Waggoner family of Ohio, descendants of Sgt. John M. Scott, donated to the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History the medal Scott was posthumously awarded for his participation in the April 12, 1862, event that has come to be known as the Great Locomotive Chase.

Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, left, and Kennesaw Museum Foundation President Paul Chastain, right, accepted the donation on April 12, 2012, as part of the Museum’s sesquicentennial celebration of the Great Locomotive Chase.

Sgt. Scott was one of Andrews’ Raiders, a group of Union spies who stole the locomotive General and fled toward Chattanooga, tearing up track and destroying bridges in an attempt to cut off Confederate supply lines. The medal presentation was part of a series of events and ceremonies in Kennesaw marking the 150th anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase.

The medal, which was previously on loan, will become a permanent display and will be added to the Southern Museum’s extensive collection of Andrews Raid artifacts, photos, and memorabilia which features the General as its centerpiece.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, the museum will host “Camp McDonald: A Living History Weekend” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local re-enactment groups will recreate and interpret life in a Confederate encampment that was located nearby. Tickets purchased for this event also include admission to the museum.

For more information about the Great Locomotive Chase anniversary celebrations, visit southernmuseum.org/sesquicentennial/. For more information, call (770) 427-2117, visit southernmuseum.org or follow the museum at facebook.com/southernmuseum.

About The Southern Museum
A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History features collections of rare Civil War weapons, uniforms and other personal items; an exciting exhibit about the Great Locomotive Chase, including the General locomotive; and a full-scale replica of a locomotive factory that helped rebuild the South after the war. The Jolley Education Center features a variety of hands-on exhibits to inspire a love of learning in children. During the sesquicentennial, 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Southern Museum will be hosting numerous events that will explore topics relevant to this tumultuous time in history. Visit the Museum’s calendar of events at southernmuseum.org for a list of activities and events.

The Southern Museum is located 20 miles north of Atlanta, off I-75 at exit 273. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and under. 

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