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general_5407-480Is the General still a functioning locomotive?

One of the things our visitors seem to always want to know is whether the General is still a functioning locomotive. The answer to that is…it’s complicated! Continue reading 

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DSC_9217-480Southern Museum to Host Second Annual Railroad Rendezvous on July 26

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will celebrate railroads and their unique history during the second annual Railroad Rendezvous this July. The family-friendly event, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on July 26, will feature a range of indoor and outdoor events, including operating model train layouts, a variety of games and a hobo jungle. Continue reading 

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csi1Southern Museum to Host Virginia’s Civil War HistoryMobile

The Southern Museum will host Virginia’s Civil War 150 HistoryMobile for a one-day visit on June 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will be located at Depot Park across the street from the museum and admission is free. Continue reading 

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eliwhite0330-470Southern Museum Executive Director Banz Receives Eli White Award

Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, recently received the Eli White Award from the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard of Atlanta. Continue reading 

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IMG_1376-470Family Donates 110-Year-Old Medal of Honor to Southern Museum

Descendants of a participant in the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase on Saturday donated a 110-year-old Medal of Honor to the Southern Museum. The family also donated written accounts and personal belongings of Wilson W. Brown, who in 1862, was part of a group of Union soldiers who stole the General locomotive from Kennesaw as part of a daring bid to destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Continue reading 

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WWB-MOHA Conversation With Al Ward, the Oldest Living Descendant of Raider Wilson W. Brown

The descendants of Wilson W. Brown this weekend will donate a 110-year-old Medal of Honor to the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. In April 1862, Brown was one of The Andrews’ Raiders, a group of Union soldiers … Continue reading 

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1864-1Southern Museum to Host Members-Only Event to Kick Off ‘1864’ Exhibit

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will host a members-only event on May 2 to kick off the Museum’s new “1864” special exhibit. Wayne Motts, director of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pa., will deliver … Continue reading 

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1864-1Summer of 1864 Still Resonates 150 Years Later

By Jonathan Scott, curator of the Southern Museum This summer marks the sesquicentennials of General William T. Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea, two military episodes that forever changed the Georgia landscape. While it’s been 150 years since … Continue reading 

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Trip Supports Southern Museum

Proceeds from the March 22 excursion on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway benefit the Kennesaw Museum Foundation in its support of the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. [View the story “Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Trip Supports Southern … Continue reading 

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1864-1Southern Museum to Commemorate Sesquicentennial of Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Atlanta Campaign and the final full year of the Civil War with a special exhibit. From May 3 until July 20, precisely 150 years after … Continue reading 

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Our Current Exhibits

The GeneralThe Great Locomotive Chase Railroads ExhibitRailroads: Lifelines of the Civil War Glover FactoryGlover Machine Works Family Fun in the Education CenterThe Jolley Education Center Special ExhibitSPECIAL: "1864" (May 3-July 20)