Southern Museum Executive Director to Speak at National Civil War Museum

Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, will lecture later this month at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Banz will speak at 2 p.m. on March 24 about the Great Locomotive Chase. The famed Civil War episode started at 6 a.m. on April 12, 1862, in Kennesaw, Georgia, when Union spies under the leadership of James J. Andrews stole The General, a Confederate locomotive.

The event is memorialized in film, books and at the Southern Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate that is home to The General.

Union participants in the Great Locomotive Chase – also known as the Andrews Raid – were the first recipients to receive the Medal of Honor. Last April, the family of Sgt. John M. Scott, one of the Great Locomotive Chase participants, donated his Civil War-era Medal of Honor to the Southern Museum.

The medal, which was previously on loan, is part of 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.

Coinciding with Banz’s lecture, the National Civil War Museum on March 24 will display the Medals of Honor of six United States Servicemen from three wars.

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