Cobb County real estate was the scene for one of the most exciting moments in the Civil War. On April 12, 1862, Union spies stole the General locomotive, intending to drive it to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Along the way, they planned to to uproot track and cut telegraph wires. They were chased by Conductor William A. Fuller, Jeff Cain, and Anthony Murphy. The spies were stopped just before reaching Chattanooga. Cobb County real estate owners can learn more about this fascinating episode at The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Kennesaw. There’s a great film about the chase and many artifacts, including the General locomotive itself.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is $7.50. Children 4 to 12 are $5.50. Seniors, military, and AAA members all receive discounts. In addition to The Great Locomotive Chase, the museum has several other permanent exhibits. Learn about the how railroad lines were used in the Civil War to transport food, supplies, medical equipment, and troops. Get a look at a real belt-driven locomotive assembly line at the restored Glover Machine Works. Cobb County real estate owners can plan a visit by visiting southernmuseum.org.