The Great Locomotive Chase
In April 1862 a Union spy suggested a bold plan to sabotage the Confederate railroad system. He would lead a group of volunteers deep into enemy territory, commandeer a train and head north, burning bridges behind him. The action would coincide with an attack by Union forces on the critical rail center at Chattanooga, TN, and hasten the end of the war. But the spy couldn’t know that the brave and determined conductor of the train they stole would pursue them doggedly and bring their efforts to a tragic end. Imprisonment and death awaited some of the raiders, but others would receive a very special recognition for their efforts. Local and regional elements of this story include numerous sites in Georgia and in both Hilton Head Island and Mitchelville, S.C.
Harvey Trabb, guest presenter, is a retired media relations and executive support specialist whose career at Rutgers University in New Jersey spanned more than 30 years. He is a non-academic historian with strong interests in military and aviation history, the history of crime in America, the Old West, and other significant areas.
This program is made possible by SC Humanities.
Admission to the event is free, however advanced registration is requested due to limited space. To register call the center at 843-284-9227.