1962 Centennial Run of the General
On April 14, 1962, the reconditioned General ran under its own
steam from Tilford Yard in Atlanta to Chattanooga. The run was in
commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Andrews Raid April
12, 1862. Trains magazine (July 1962) estimated that 100,000 people
viewed the centennial run of the General.
After the centennial run of the General in 1962, it was returned to Chattanooga
for display in Union Depot.
Starting in 1967, a three-year dispute raged between Chattanooga,
Tennessee, and (lie State of Georgia/Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N) over the ownership
of the General. The dispute started in February 1967, when the L&N
Railroad agreed to give the General to the State of Georgia. This gesture
was probably done to encourage renewal of the lease for the Western & Atlantic Railroad right
of way, which was set to expire on December 27, 1969
- On April 5, 1967
Governor Lester Maddox signed a resolution calling
for the return of the General to Kennesaw. It would be three more years
before the ensuing legal battle was resolved and almost two years more
after that before the General was ensconced in the museum in Kennesaw.
- September 12, 1967
The General is en route to Kennesaw to participate in
a three-day festival when it is stopped at 1:30 a.m. by
a party led by Chattanooga mayor Ralph Kelly. The
three-year court battle begins.
- December 16, 1967
The General is moved to the Louisville shops of
the L&N (approved by U.S. District judge Frank W.
- January 4, 1969
U.S. District judge Frank W. Wilson rules that the
L&N owns the General
- May 21, 1970
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District upholds the lower court ruling.
- November 9 1970
The Supreme Court of the United States refuses to
overturn a lower court ruling, granting ownership of
the General to the L&N Railroad.
On April 12, 1972, the Big Shanty Museum in Kennesaw was opened to the public in
the old Frey cotton mill, 110 years after the Andrews Raid.
A History of Georgia Railroads
By Robert C. Jones