: Broadside advertising a lecture on James J. Andrews' railroad raid, held by the Jackson Township Teachers Lecture Course at Township Hall in Lafayette, Ohio, December 20. The lecture (one of a series) was by W.J. Knight, who ran the engine during the raid. The broadside notes that the lecture was "Thoroughly illustratd (sic) by numerous Large Size Oil Paintings." These paintings include a panorama of seventeen scenes painted on canvas or muslin panels, by artist A. Ruger. These panels were stitched together and cranked past a square stage window while Knight spoke to illustrate the raid.
Andrews' Raid, also known as the "Great Locomotive Chase," occurred in 1862 when Secret Service Agent James J. Andrews led volunteer Union soldiers (mostly Ohioans) on a mission to steal a Confederate locomotive and drive from the south to the north, destroying the rail lines along the way. The mission failed shortly after it began and several of the captured men were hung while others were later exchanged and some escaped. William J. Knight was a private in the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company E, who participated in the raid. He escaped and in 1878 began touring and giving lectures describing the raid. Ruger's panorama accompanied him for more than eighteen years, and is now part of the museum collections of the Ohio Historical Society. View on Ohio Memory.
: VFM5898 Subjects
: Chattanooga Railroad Expedition, 1862; Ohio--History, Military--19th century; Andrews' Raid, 1862; Ruger, A.; Andrews, James J. Places
: Jackson Township (Ohio); Pickaway County (Ohio);