KENNESAW, Ga. – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History today kicked off its sesquicentennial commemoration of the Great Locomotive Chase with a 6 a.m. breakfast.
The breakfast started exactly 150 years after a group of Union spies stole the General locomotive from what is today downtown Kennesaw. The episode – today known as the Great Locomotive Chase – is memorialized in film, books and at The Southern Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate that is home to The General.
In a ceremony tonight, an Ohio family will donate a rare Civil War-era Congressional Medal of Honor to the museum. The Waggoner family of Ohio, descendants of Sgt. John M. Scott, will donate the medal Scott was posthumously awarded for his participation in the Great Locomotive Chase.
The slate of commemorative activities planned for today also includes a 150th anniversary proclamation at 8:30 a.m. at the historic Depot across from the museum, a dinner event at the Trackside Grill in downtown Kennesaw and a post-dinner concert featuring Bobby Horton, who will be performing Civil War-era music. The museum is also offering free admission to the public from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. today.
In addition, 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 reenactment 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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