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Stealing the General

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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 Keaton’s classic 1927 silent film “The General,” and the 1956 Walt Disney movie “The Great Locomotive Chase,” 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 General’s conductor, William A. Fuller, chased after his stolen train – and caught it. Author Russell Bonds pursues the truth behind this legendary story and the myths it has inspired.

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