The General

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 Texas

  • Builder: Danforth, Cooke and Company in Paterson, N.J.
  • Built: 1856
  • Type: 4-4-0
  • Disposition: Displayed for many years at Grant Park and in the Atlanta Cyclorama; to be displayed at the new Cyclorama exhibit at the Atlanta History Center

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.

The Yonah

  • Builder: Rogers, Ketchum & Grosvenor in Paterson, N.J.
  • Built: 1848 or 1849
  • Type: 4-4-0
  • Entered Service April 1849
  • Disposition: Scrapped in or after 1873 or 1874

Aside from the General and the Texas, the Yonah may be the third most famous locomotive to participate in the Great Locomotive Chase. 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 made the 14-mile trip from the Etowah River to Kingston in 15 minutes, averaging speeds of about 55 m.p.h. According to a 1962 article by famed artist and historian Wilbur Kurtz, the locomotive “disappeared” in 1874.

The William R. Smith

  • Builder: Norris Locomotives Works in Philadelphia
  • Type: 4-4-0
  • Disposition: Scrapped

In Kingston, the pursuers boarded the William R. Smith, a Rome Railroad locomotive, 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. After its railroad service, the locomotive served as a “stationary engine” in Calhoun, according to a 1962 article by Wilbur Kurtz.

The Catoosa

  • Type: 4-4-0
  • Disposition: Scrapped

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.

New York

  • Builder: Rogers, Ketchum & Grosvenor in Paterson, N.J.
  • Type: 4-4-0
  • Disposition: Scrapped

After the pursuers arrived in Kingston, Anthony Murphy prepped this locomotive and planned to steam it north out of Kingston. William Fuller, however, had a different plan, and the pursuers ultimately opted for the William R. Smith.