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The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 A Civil War Story

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Reading Comprehension--Scaffolding

The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 is the true story of James Andrews and his raiders who tried to try to make the hijacking of a locomotive and the destruction of a southern railroad line a turning point in the Civil War. As historians note, the chase actually had little impact on the results of the war. However, it is noteworthy because it is the dramatic story of a day-long, 87 mile chase that highlights the bravery of James Andrews and his raiders and how they were willing to risk their lives for what they felt was a just cause.
On the Confederate side, William Fuller, who was the conductor on the General, and his fellow railroad man Anthony Murphy, chased after the departing General on foot. Both men chased the General for 87 miles, sometimes on foot and other times just taking whatever locomotives were available. It was sheer determination that allowed them to finally catch up to the General. They accomplished what seemed like an impossible task.
This resource includes their story as well as supporting scaffolding for increased comprehension. It is perfect to use as a complement to your study of the Civil War as it can be used to demonstrate the setting and mood at the time, although it does not discuss any causes of the war.
This resource could also be used independently, as a story to enjoy, for class discussions, and to have fun with the supporting activities to improve comprehension skills. Interactive materials are included for you to provide differentiated instruction.

NOTE: Disney thought this story was so interesting that he made a movie about it in 1956.


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The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862       A Civil War Story
The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862       A Civil War Story
The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862       A Civil War Story
The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862       A Civil War Story