Wednesday, December 27, 2023

"The Stolen Train" by Robert Ashley

It didn’t change the course of world history, or even the Civil War. It didn’t even end in success. But the Andrews Raid, sometimes called the Great Locomotive Chase, was certainly notable in its daring and how it almost succeeded. 

In 1862, with the blessing of Union military commanders, recruited 20 soldiers. Their mission: capture a Confederate locomotive called The General not far from Atlanta and take it all the way to safety behind Union lines in Tennessee. Along the way, they would tear up track, burn bridges, and do whatever they could to disrupt the Western & Atlantic Railroad Line from Atlanta to Chattanooga. That line was a key supply line for Confederate armies in Tennessee.


It almost worked. 

To continue reading, please see my post today at Dancing Priest.

Some Wednesday Readings


The Cross and the Machine – Paul Kingsnorth at The Abbey of Misrule.


The ancient origins of the Christmas ghost story – Francis Young at The Spectator. 


C.S. Lewis’ Lesson for a Christmas-Forever – Marco Respiniti at The Imaginative Conservative.

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