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This Day in Georgia History

June 08, 1956

“The Great Locomotive Chase” Movie Released

The Andrews Raid was immortalized when Walt Disney released the “Great Locomotive Chase” to theaters across America on this day. The movie told the true story of how James Andrews, a Union spy, and a band of raiders stole the locomotive The General at Big Shanty near Marietta and headed north with the goal of destroying bridges on the Western and Atlantic Railroad to prevent use of the railroad for transporting Confederate troops and supplies.