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The Andrews Raid in April, 1862 is the stuff of legend and with good reason. The story of the taking of the “General” at Big Shanty, Georgia by 22 Union men and the subsequent chase after the locomotive by Confederate railroaders made headlines when it happened and has been told and retold in books and movies ever since.

It is the story of Yankee intrigue and audacity pitted against Confederate improvisation and determination with heroism amply served up on both sides. But the chase itself, exciting as it was, was but the first chapter of a larger affair that combined prisons, trials, hangings, and daring escapes in a tableau that stretched from Atlanta to Knoxville and beyond and resulted in the awarding of the first medals of honor.

Come join us as our old friend Jim Ogden takes us back in time to one of the Civil War’s most iconic events. And remember to bring your favorite holiday treat. At the end of the evening there will be time and a table set aside for all the tasty delights.

Jim will be speaking at the Dec. 13 meeting of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable. All the details of our meetings can be found on the left sidebar of the page. Call by Monday noon to make your dinner reservations.