Lawd, The War ain’t over. Nearly 148 years after he torched Atlanta, Gen. William Sherman has been abducted.
Someone boosted a portrait of the Union leader from the Marietta Museum of History where it had been hanging, where else? Over a urinal in the men’s room.
The filched item was just a copy of the portrait, not a pricey antique, and museum director Jan Galt Russell said they would have been happy to provide a copy to the thief, had he or she requested one.
“It’s ridiculous,” said Russell. She hadn’t yet thought about amnesty should the culprit wish to come clean, say, in an Appomattox-style surrender. ”It’s very, very sad.”
The museum, on the Marietta Square, was once the Kennesaw House hotel, where Union spies spent a night before stealing The General, a locomotive that traveled between Atlanta and Chattanooga in those days. The Rebs caught up with the Yankees after they commandeered it at Big Shanty, now known as Kennesaw, where The General resides today at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.
In April, a capacity crowd known colloquially as OMs (Old Mariettans) packed the historic Strand Theatre for a re-premiere of “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The Disney film about the Confederate railroad victory debuted for the first time at the Strand in 1956, and by the second go-round it seemed like the town had moved beyond the late unpleasantness.
“I have come to embrace my Yankee brethren,” quipped Mayor Steve Tumlin, who is known, also colloquially, as Thunder.
And now this.
“Of all the random things,” Russell sighed. “It’s a silly thing to steal. I guess it’s somebody getting their revenge.”