This is based on a true story. During the Civil War, a Union spy, Andrews, is asked to lead a band of Union soldiers into the South so that they could destroy the railway system. However, things don't go as planned when the conductor of the train that they stole is on to them and is doing everything he can to stop them. Written by
A true-life spy story of ultimate suspense. High speed and inconceivable bravery!
Did You Know?
In the film there are 16 raiders. In reality there were actually 20 who participated in the raid. There had initially been 24, but two joined Confederate forces after being stopped on their journey down to Marietta--as Andrews had instructed--and two more simply overslept and missed the train. These four were not depicted in the film, in addition to four others who participated. See more
In the long shot of the Texas running in reverse toward the tunnel, it is obvious by the unnaturally quick movements of the crew that the film has been sped up. See more
Mr. Andrews. If you ever want any help on a Secret Service mission, don't forget the name of Pittenger: William Pittenger.
Version of The General
Written by Walter Kittredge
Performed by Fess Parker
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