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Marion A. Ross

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Chattanooga National Cemetery
  H-11179  

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The six members of the Civil War Andrews Raid who were executed are all buried in a semi-circle around this memorial to The Great Locomotive Chase.

Born:  1833 at Christianburg, OH

Entered Service in the US Army from Christianburg, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Civil War For heroism April, 1862 at Andrew's Raiders, GA

Died:  June 18, 1862 at the age of 29

In April 1862 General Mitchell and General Buell tasked 22 volunteers (including 2 civilians) under the leadership of James Andrews, with a daring raid. The men, later known as "Andrews' Raiders" penetrated 200 miles into enemy territory to capture a railroad train at Big Shanty, Georgia. Their mission was to destroy vital railroad lines and bridges between Chattanooga and Atlanta to disrupt movement of Confederate soldiers and supplies. Only partially successful, their capture of the locomotive "The General" resulted in a nearly 100 mile race that became known as "The Great Locomotive Chase". Sergeant Major Ross was the highest ranking of these raiders, traveling in small groups for four days to reach Big Shanty and then joining the reunited group in the daring sabotage mission. In the ensuing race, a limited amount of damage was accomplished to bridges and rail lines, and in the end all members of the Andrew's Raid were captured and confined in Confederate prisons. On June 7th James Andrews was hanged as a spy, and on the 18th seven more raiders including Ross were hanged.

 

 

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