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?
The real General, the locomotive stolen in the movie, is on display in Kennesaw, Georgia, at the Kennesaw Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. See more
The coaches used in the film feature a duck bill style clerestory roof. While clerestory roof coaches existed in the 1860's they would have been of the monitor style. Furthermore, the Western and Atlantic Railroad was most likely still using the older style radial roof coaches in 1862. See more
[as the raiders are climbing into the boxcar, Andrews notices that a Confederate soldier is watching them
James J. Andrews
Come on, boys. When it's orders from Beauregard, we can't keep the General waiting.
[Confederate soldier walks away
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Performed by Fess Parker
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