Thursday, December 13, 2007

Great Locomotive Chase

Great Locomotive Chase
On April 22, 1862, a party of 22 Union spies stole a train from right under the noses of 4,000 Confederate troops near Atlanta, Georgia, and began a race that might have brought an early end to the Civil War had it succeeded. Intrepid Confederates led by the train's conductor, William A. Fuller, commandeered rolling stock for the chase, and persevered long enough to recapture the train. Union leader James J. Andrews and many of his men were hung in the South, but those who survived and made their way home were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor.

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