The Great Locomotive Chase

The Great Locomotive Chase (HM1MSQ)

Location: Adairsville, GA 30103 Bartow County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 22.04', W 84° 56.101'

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April 12, 1862: James J. Andrews led Union spies in an espionage scheme to destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad and thus disrupt a vital supply line for the Confederacy. Andrews' Raiders stole a train, The General, 50 miles south of Adairsville at Big Shanty (Kennesaw) and sped north. Conductor William Fuller, pursued Andrews, first by hand powered 'pole car', and then by commandeering The Texas, just south of Adairsville. With no time to turn the train around, Fuller chased the General with The Texas in reverse. At Adairsville, Fuller dropped freight cars and continued the chase with just the engine and tender. Due to Fuller's diligent pursuit, the train and spies were captured near Ringgold and major destruction of the railroad system was avoided. Those Union soldiers involved in "The Great Locomotive Chase' became the first recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Year Placed2011
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Date Added Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 689887 N 3804818
Decimal Degrees34.36733333, -84.93501667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 22.04', W 84° 56.101'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 22' 2.4" N, 84° 56' 6.06" W
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Area Code(s)770, 706, 678
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102A Public Square, Adairsville GA 30103, US
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