Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor by Russell S. Bonds
This story is exciting enough to have inspired two motion pictures, Buster Keatonâ€™s classic 1927 silent film â€œThe General,â€ and the 1956 Walt Disney movie â€œThe Great Locomotive Chase,â€ starring Fess Parker. A small group of Union soldiers, under the leadership of spy James J. Andrews, stole a Confederate locomotive in Georgia with the intention of wrecking the Western and Atlantic Railroad from Atlanta to Chattanooga. The Generalâ€™s conductor, William A. Fuller, chased after his stolen train â€“ and caught it. Author Russell Bonds pursues the truth behind this legendary story and the myths it has inspired.
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