Neighbor Newspapers: Marking a Milestone | Southern Museum

By Bill Baldowski

Although numerous Civil War events have faded from memory with the passage of time, one which continues to live in the minds of history buffs occurred on April 12, 1862 in the area called Big Shanty, now Kennesaw.

It was on that date early in the Civil War that a band of federal spies, led by James J. Andrews, stole one of the Confederacy’s greatest symbols of railroad strength, the locomotive known as The General, even while it was under heavy guard.

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