That time Union soldiers stole a train to wreak havoc in Georgia

James J. Andrews’ audacious plan to cut off Confederate supply lines went off the rails just 18 miles from Chattanooga, their final destination, when the train they stole quite literally ran out of steam. After a failed attempt to burn a bridge to throw off their attackers, they ran out of wood and water to power the train’s boiler, causing him and his accompanying Union soldiers to try to escape on foot.
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