Marietta author offers insights into Great Locomotive Chase
by Sally Litchfield
November 05, 2013 11:51 PM | 1447 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta author Russell Bonds recently spoke to the Cherokee Heights Book Club on Freyer Drive (near the Marietta Square) about his new book “Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor,” the true story of the Civil War raid resulting in the award of the First Medal of Honor, the country’s highest decoration for valor.

Bonds, who attended Marietta High School and West Side Elementary School, spoke about his resources for research and his tale of meeting with several decedents of Union spies.

Bonds, a Georgia Tech graduate, received a law degree magna cum laude from University of Georgia. He is senior managing counsel, litigation for The Coca-Cola Company. Bonds lives in Cobb County with his wife and 3 daughters.



The 28th annual Mt. Zion Craft Show is Nov. 8-9 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church (1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30062, one block north of the intersection of Highway 120-Upper Roswell Road). The show features 52 juried arts and craft vendors, silent auction, door prize, quilt drawing, bake sale, frozen take and bake sale (Saturday only) and pictures with the real Santa.

Proceeds benefit charities that help women and children. For information, contact the church office at (770) 971-1465, or the UMW website:


The Polk Street Players presents the sweet, funny comedy “A Thousand Clowns” by Herb Gardner, directed by Stephen Banks and starring Max Flick, Katie Schaffer and Sharon Zinger heading a stellar cast. The story centers on an eccentric, non-conformist (and unemployed) television writer whose custody of his young nephew is threatened when the Child Welfare Bureau comes calling. If you loved the movie with Jason Robards, you’ll lose your heart to the stage play!

On the Stellar Cellar stage Nov. 8-23. Performances Fri/Sat Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m and Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church St. in Marietta, near the Square. Tickets $12.50-$20 (Sat. dinner shows Nov. 9 and 16). For reservations, call the Box Office, (770) 218-9669.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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