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In Atlanta, James J. Andrews is executed for his role as leader of the raid on the Georgia rail system

James J. Andrews, detail
06/07/1862
After his capture on April 14, 1862 James J. Andrews, a civilian and an experienced spy, was quickly identified as the recent failed railroad raid's leader, convicted in a military court in Chattanooga and sentenced to hang.  He escaped briefly on June 1, 1862 but was recaptured two days later.  He was transported to Atlanta on the day of his execution and was hanged on schedule just off the Peachtree Street Road two miles from the town center.  He was thirty-two years old.  He is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. (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), 260-261.