Historic Markers Across Georgia

The General

Marker ID:  
Location: at the Museum on Cherokee St (off Ga 293) in Kennesaw
County: Cobb
Coordinates: N 34° 1.510    W 084° 36.854
  34.025166    -84.61423
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM26XH
The General  Marker  


This is the original locomotive made famous by its participation in the Andrews Raid of April 12, 1862.

It was stolen by the Northern raiders who tried unsuccessfully to wreck the Confederate supply line between Atlanta, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tenn., and recovered by the Southern crew after an 86-mile chase that has been the subject of books and motion pictures.

This incident, called the most dramatic episode of the Civil War, led to awards of the first Congressional Medals of Honor to the men who stole the General.

The locomotive, built in 1855 for the Western & Atlantic Railroad, was restored by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad in 1961 to make a series of tours under its own power commemorating the Civil War Centennial.


For more information on the Great Locomotive Chase and Andrew's Raiders

The Great Locomotive Chase

Great Locomotive Chase - Wikipedia

Western and Atlantic Railroad - Wikipedia

James J. Andrews - Wikipedia

William Allen Fuller - Wikipedia

The General (locomotive) - Wikipedia

Andrews Raiders - Ohio's Tribute

The Great Locomotive Chase or Andrews' Raid