Title: Capturing a Locomotive: A History of Secret Service in the Late War
Author: Pittenger, William (Rev.)
Publication date: Washington: The National Tribune, 1905
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 973.7 P683
Submitted by: Tara Key
Mrs. W. D. Adams (Leona N. ) was the librarian of the Shelby Village Library in Shelby, Michigan from 1907-1945. She was active in TB relief and prevention work locally, serving as Secretary of the Shelby Anti-Tuberculosis Society in 1908.
Her pay as head librarian was $12.50 a quarter.
Her uncle, Marion Mallison, was a Michigan volunteer Union soldier in the Eleventh Infantry who drank from a poisoned well while serving in Nashvile, TN at age 18. Her father, Joseph Mallison, also was in TN in the Eleventh Infantry. . This must be where she hears the story of the locomotive from.
The General was the locomotive. It was the subject of the Great Loomotive Chase and possibly the first train hijacked in America. The participants in the caper were among the first recipients of the Medal Of Honor. it now resides in the Southern Museum in Kennesaw, Georgia.