The Great Locomotive Chase - The Texas LbNA # 32802
|Placed Date||Jul 8 2007|
|Planted By||Weeping Willow|
|Last Found||Dec 23 2012|
The Beginnings & Pursuing The General
The Texas was built by Danforth, Cooke & Company and placed in service on the Western & Atlantic Railroad in October, 1856.
During the Civil War period, it was customary to assign a locomotive to an engineer and to a special run. In April, 1862, the Texas was assigned to Peter James Bracken, engineer. On April 11, 1862, the Texas ran north leaving Atlanta about 10:00 AM and arrived in Dalton around 6:00 PM. On the morning of April 12, 1862, about two miles south of Adairsville, he was flagged by Conductor William A. Fuller and Anthony Murphy. Bracken knew both men and he stopped his train and took them aboard. They told Bracken that their engine, the General, had been stolen that morning by the Union raiding party. Bracken then backed his train to Adairsville and his 21 cars were set aside on the fly. Then The Great Locomotive Chase was on, even though the Texas was running in reverse.
The Texas pursued the General north for 51 miles before the General was abandoned by the Andrews Raiders. The Texas took the General in tow and moved her back to Ringgold. Here the General was left and Bracken went on down to Adairsville where he picked up their freight cars and proceeded to Atlanta, just as though nothing had happened.
The Texas and the men who were running her were the heroes of this run. At the top of the list is Peter James Bracken, the engineer.
The Great Locomotive Chase: The Texas is planted very near her engineer, Peter James Bracken. Bracken is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon.
1. Find the Main entrance to the Cemetery
2. Follow the main road until it dead ends
3. Turn Right. The railroad tracks will be on your Left.
4. Follow the road until you see a metal walkway with stairs (on the Left) that leads to the tracks.
5. Climb the stairs to the railroad ties and look Right. The Texas is buried under a pile of rocks next to the far right section of the ties.
6. Please cover well with rocks when done. Stop by and visit the site of Bracken’s Grave. Follow the directory outside the main entrance to find him.