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This Day in Georgia History

June 18, 1862

Seven Raiders Hanged

Seven of the raiders who had hijacked the General locomotive were taken from the Fulton County jail to a wooded area outside of Atlanta. Here, on a long scaffold that had been built for the execution, the seven were hanged and their bodies buried in a shallow trench that had been dug near the scaffold. At the end of the Civil War, the U.S. government dug up their remains and reinterred them at the national cemetery in Chattanooga. In recent years, a monument was erected just inside the brick wall in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery next to Memorial Blvd. to mark the execution of the raiders, which took place a block immediately behind the memorial.