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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 18, 1862

Andrews Raiders Hanged

Seven of the raiders who, along with their leader James Andrews, had hijacked the General locomotive (see April 12) were taken from the Fulton County jail to a wooded area outside of Atlanta. The seven were hanged and their bodies buried in a shallow trench. After the Civil War, their remains were unearthed and reinterred at the national cemetery in Chattanooga. This event was known as Andrews Raid, or the Great Locomotive Chase.