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Civil War Railroad Photographs
Throughout the history of this nation, the railroad has been an integral part of our expansion and economic development. Although a railroad fan will instantly conjure up the romantic image of the west being served by the glorious steam engines that were able to link the west to the folks back east. The railroads destruction at the hands of Sherman's army during the Civil War is equally important in terms of shaping the direction that this country has taken.
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Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.
On April 12, 1862 a band of 20 Union soldiers and two civilians attempted to disrupt railroad traffic between two major southern cities, Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. Under the leadership of civilian James Andrews, the band commandeered a train, The General, and set off on their mission.
William Fuller, who was the Confederate conductor of the train that was stolen, gave pursuit using various methods, but ultimately using a different train, The Texas, and caught up to The General and prevented success of the Union's mission.
Commonly referred to as "The Great Locomotive Chase", the event has been the subject of countless books and at least two major motion pictures.
"The General and The Texas: A Pictorial History of the Andrews Raid, April 12, 1862." provides numerous accounts of the raid, the strategy, the equipment and the people involved.
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