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In Georgia, the leader of the Union raid on the Confederate rail system is captured

James J. Andrews, detail
04/14/1862
After two days on the run in rain-soaked northern Georgia from his daring but failed attempt to disrupt by sabotage the Western and Atlantic Railroad from Atlanta to Chattanooga, James J. Andrews was captured, as were all of his men.  The twenty raiders were mostly from Ohio Volunteer regiments but Andrews was a civilian and an experienced spy who was quickly identified as the raid's leader, convicted in a military court and sentenced to hang.  He escaped briefly on June 1, 1862 but was recaptured and executed as scheduled in Atlanta a week later.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
William Pittender, The Great Locomotive Chase: A History of the Andrews Railroad Raid into Georgia in 1862 (New York: Jones and Stanley, 1893), 161-171. 
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