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National Medal of Honor Day began in the State of Washington as part of a program to remember our Nation's greatest heroes.  The date of March 25 was selected because it was on that day in 1863 that the first Medals of Honor were awarded to six members of Andrew's Raiders.  How many of the following questions regarding the Andrews Raid, immortalized in the Disney movie "The Great Locomotive Chase" can you correctly answer?

The Andrews Raid was a daring mission into Georgia where the members of the volunteer group captured a Confederate locomotive with plans to  then drive it north the Chattanooga, tearing up track and burning bridges.  What was the name of that now famous Locomotive?  Your Answer

 

1.  The Dixie Flier
2.  The Robert E. Lee
3.  The General
4.  The Jefferson Davis
5.  The Atlanta

Nineteen of the 22 raiders (from a group of 24 volunteers) received Medals of Honor.  James Andrews was a civilian spy and was not eligible.  Private Philip Shadrach also did not receive the Medal of Honor.  Why? Your Answer

 

1.  He was one of 2 original volunteers who never reached Atlanta.
2.  Like James Andrews, he was a civilian.
3.  He defected and joined the Confederate army.
4.  He refused to accept the Medal of Honor.
5.  He was serving under an assumed name, masking his identification.

Most of the raiders remained good friends after the war, introducing their families to each other.  The son of one, and daughter of another of the raiders even married, becoming one of those rare families with TWO Medal of Honor recipients.

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Nearly forty years before Walt Disney's 1950s release of the movie The Great Locomotive Chase, legendary actor Buster Keaton used the story of the Andrews raid as the basis for one of his early movies. He was denied permission to use The General for his film because owners of the locomotive objected to this serious, historic event being presented as what they thought would be a comedy.

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The locomotive taken by Andrews Raiders was restored and today is on public display.  Where?

1.  The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
2.  Kennesaw Civil War Museum, Kennesaw, Georgia
3.  Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tennessee 
4.  Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
5.  Disneyland

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