|Beginning in Atlanta, the General hauled a combined passenger and freight train to Marietta, where it picked up 20 men who had spent the night at the Fletcher House (now the Marietta Museum of History). At Big Shanty (Kennesaw, GA), the train was stolen by James Andrews and northern spies.
Heading north to Chattanooga on the Western and Atlantic Railroad, the group intended to destroy the railroad bridges over the Etowah River, the Oostanaula River and the tunnel at Tunnel Hill before meeting General Ledbetter in Tennessee. However, the Confederate loss at Shiloh and Ledbetter's approach to Chattanooga created unusual southbound traffic, forcing the train to be delayed long enough for its conductor, William Fuller and others to catch up with the train in the vicinity of Calhoun, Georgia.
Being followed by the Texas at full throttle, in reverse, Andrews and his men were forced to abandon the chase in Ringgold, Georgia. They fled the scene on foot and were captured over the next two weeks, being held at Swims Jail in Chattanooga.
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