The General was built in 1855 by Rogers, Ketchum & Grosvenor of Patterson, N.J. for a cost of $8,850. In 1846, the locomotive was heavily damaged during Gen. William T. Sherman’s march to Atlanta.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad refurbished the General to working order. In 1972, the engine was given to the city of Kennesaw, and placed in the Kennesaw Civil War Museum, later renovated and renamed the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. Today, the historical engine is the centerpiece of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.
The second-most famous engine of the Great Locomotive Chase. The Texas was built by Danforth, Cooke & Company of Paterson, N.J. in 1856 for a cost of $9,050. Today, the locomotive is on display in Grant Park in Atlanta.
A yard engine for Cooper Iron Works, the Yonah gave the pursuers their first burst of speed, allowing them to make up valuable time. Conductor William A. Fuller said he make the 14-mile trip from the Etowah River to Kingston in 15 minutes, averaging speeds of about 55 m.p.h.
The William R. Smith
The pursuers boarded the William R. Smith in Kingston and headed north. They left the train behind when they reached a section of torn up track. They continued on foot for a while until they ran into the Texas.
Although often overlooked, the Catoosa joined in the pursuit at Calhoun, after a near-wreck with the General. The engine followed The Texas, both operating in reverse.