By Russell S. Bonds
Selected through Civil conflict Interactive as one of many most sensible Civil battle Books of All Time
"The definitive booklet concerning the nice Locomotive Chase."—Charlotte Observer
"Magnificent and definitive."—Wall road Journal
"The nice Locomotive Chase has been the stuff of legend and the darling of Hollywood. we now have a high-quality heritage of the Andrews Raid. Russell S. Bonds' stirring account makes transparent why the raid failed and what occurred to the raiders."—James M. McPherson, writer of conflict Cry of Freedom, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
"In this gripping, smooth-running account, Bonds zooms easily from broad-stroke overviews of Civil battle technique to minute-by-minute scrutiny of unfolding occasions at the flooring. He units up the tale with a speedy, punchy define of the 1st yr of the battle. What follows is a fast paced, super well-told story of espionage, trap, trial and escape."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Phenomenally good written, prepared, and presented."—Civil struggle Books and Authors
On April 12, 1862—one yr to the day after accomplice weapons opened on castle Sumter and commenced the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union undercover agent named James J. Andrews and nineteen infantry volunteers infiltrated north Georgia and stole a steam engine known as the General. Racing northward at speeds forthcoming sixty miles an hour, slicing telegraph traces and destroying tune alongside the way in which, Andrews deliberate to open East Tennessee to the Union military, removing males and matériel from the accomplice forces in Virginia. in the event that they succeeded, Andrews and his raiders may swap the process the conflict. however the General's younger conductor, William A. Fuller, chased the stolen educate first walking, then via handcar, and at last aboard one other engine, the Texas. He pursued the General till, working out of wooden and water, Andrews and his males deserted the doomed locomotive, finishing the experience that might quickly be well-known as the nice Locomotive Chase. yet the ordeal of the warriors concerned used to be simply starting. within the days that undefined, the "engine thieves" have been hunted down and captured. 8 have been attempted and finished as spies, together with Andrews. 8 others made a bold break out to freedom, together with assisted through a community of slaves and Union sympathizers. for his or her activities, ahead of a private viewers with President Abraham Lincoln, six of the raiders grew to become the 1st males in American heritage to be provided the Medal of Honor—the nation's optimum ornament for gallantry.
Americans north and south, either on the time and ever considering that, were astounded and desirous about this bold raid. yet before, there has now not been a whole background of the full episode and the fates of all these concerned. in line with eyewitness money owed, in addition to correspondence, diaries, army files, newspaper studies, deposition testimony and different fundamental resources, Stealing the final: the nice Locomotive Chase and the 1st Medal of Honor by way of Russell S. Bonds is a mix of meticulous learn and compelling narrative that's now thought of to be the definitive background of "the boldest experience of the war."