The Great Locomotive Chase

December Meeting of the Litchfield GAR Civil War Roundtable

Thursday, December 10th at 1:30pm

Online via Google Meet

Advance RSVP Required

On April 12th, 1862 a group of Union volunteer soldiers led by a civilian named James J. Andrews stole a train in Marietta Georgia. The plan was to drive the train north up the Western and Atlantic Railroad through northwest Georgia destroying track and burning bridges. But sometimes the best laid plans don't work out the way they are intended. This presentation covers the background of the raid, what was the "Locomotive Chase”, what happened, and the fates of the Union raiders. And also how the raid has been portrayed in popular culture about Civil War history including Buster Keaton, and a Disney movie!

George Romano has had an interest in the Civil War since growing up 20 minutes away from the Chickamauga Battlefield site in NW Georgia. He is past President of the Rochester Civil War Roundtable and the past President of the Board of the Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association. The WLBPA is dedicated to preserving and commemorating the 1862 Dakota War Wood Lake Battlefield site (near Granite Falls) for future generations. An annual speaker at the Rochester Civil War Roundtable, George has also been a guest presenter at other Roundtables in Winona, Wasioja, Mankato, New Ulm, St Cloud, Litchfield, and Stillwater.

What: Litchfield GAR Civil War Roundtable

Date: Thursday, Dec 10th. 1:30 - 3pm

Cost: $3 guest admission. Free for members of the Roundtable

Location: Online via Google Meet

Beverages and snacks are included

Important Update for the CWRT

 Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Meeker County area, the Litchfield Civil War Roundtable will be meeting virtually for the foreseeable future. A link to the meeting will be sent to the members of the CWRT the day before the scheduled program. MCM staff will be available to assist attendees with any technical issues.

308 North Marshall Avenue, Litchfield, MN 55355 - 320-693-8911 - staff@meekercomuseum.org

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