Friday, April 27, 2012
Civl War’s great locomotive chase reenactment
Great educational opportunity for school groups
JEFFERSON The Historic Jefferson Railway, an authentic 1870's replica steam train, captures the spirit of the Civil War during Pilgrimage Weekend in Jefferson, May 4-6, 2012, by telling the story of the Great Locomotive Chase and reenacting the event with soldiers from the North and South. The living history camps along the Big Cypress Bayou come alive as the cannons fire and the battle rages to gain possession of the train. The gripping tale of The Andrews Raid is the Civil War's most fascinating railroad story.
During the Civil War, famous campaigns were planned and conducted for the primary purpose of capturing or destroying railroad lines of value to the enemy. On the morning of April 12, 1862, the most famous locomotive of the Civil War, the General, was hijacked by the Union civilian spy, James J. Andrews, and his men. After a nail-biting eight hours and 87 miles, the Southerners captured the General, James Andrews and several of his men.
Steam hissing, whistle blowing and pistons chugging, Old Engine #7 known as The Robert E. Lee but renamed the General for this event, will take you on a scenic trip along the Big Cypress Bayou. As you roll through the history laden Piney Woods, you'll view a Confederate Powder Magazine and traverse the site of one of the oldest, historical towns in Texas.
This special event offers a great educational opportunity for school groups on Friday, May 4, with runs at 9:30, 11:30 and 1:30. The public is welcome to attend. Train rides are also available on Saturday, May 5, at 12:30, 2:30 and 6:30 and Sunday, May 6 at 11:30.