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This Day in Georgia History

June 07, 1862

James Andrews Hanged

James Andrews, leader of Andrews’ Raiders of “The Great Locomotive Chase” fame, was hanged in Atlanta as a spy. Andrews was executed at the present-day location of the intersection of Juniper and Third Streets, two blocks from the Fox Theatre. On June 18, 1862, seven of his raiders were hanged just south of the Atlanta City Cemetery (later renamed Oakland Cemetery) and buried in the cemetery. In 1887, Andrews’ remains were removed and reinterred in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga. There he joined the seven raiders who had been reinterred in 1866.