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The General Locomotive The Southern Museum

Sesquicentennial of the Great Locomotive Chase


The General

At 6 a.m. on April 12, 1862, in what is present day Kennesaw, union spies under the leadership of James J. Andrews stole The General, a Confederate locomotive. The episode – also called the Andrews Raid – is memorialized in film, books and at The Southern Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate that is home to The General.

On April 12, 2012, the city and the museum held a series of events and ceremonies to commemorate the event. In addition, the museum was open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on April 12 free of charge to the public.

The day began with a 6 a.m. breakfast at the Trackside Grill in downtown Kennesaw. At 8:30 a.m., a 150th anniversary proclamation was presented at the historic Kennesaw depot.

At 6:30 p.m., the museum held a Great Locomotive Chase dinner at the Trackside Grill. At 8:30 p.m., the museum hosted “Dessert at the Southern Museum” featuring musician Bobby Horton, who will be performing Civil War era songs.

Following the sesquicentennial, on April 14-15, the museum hosted “Camp McDonald: A Living History Weekend.” As part of the living history weekend, local re-enactment groups recreated and interpreted life in Camp McDonald, a Confederate encampment that was located across the tracks from the museum (where Kennesaw City Hall is presently located) during the Civil War.

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