Danville Leadbetter - Confederate commander of Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1862, Leadbetter (sometimes misspelled as Ledbetter) was a West Point graduate who hailed from Leeds, Maine. He had been assigned to quash a pro-Union rebellion in southeast Tennessee. He gained renown in the North when he ordered the members of the rebellion to be left hanging for four days after their execution.
Don Carlos Buell - The Union commander whom the stationary George McClellan accused of being "slow." Buell was so slow that another Union general took Nashville while Buell waited on the far side of the Tennessee River.
Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel - Graduated from West Point in 1829 along with Lee and Johnston. He was a leading astronomer of his day, so popular that poet Walt Whitman immortalized him in verse. In 1862 Mitchel advanced from Nashville to Stevenson, AL and approved the Andrews Raid to steal The General.
The General - Combined passenger-freight train that ran from Atlanta to Chattanooga and back. The train stolen by Andrews' Raiders
The Texas -Freight train that was heading south on the W&ARR. Picked up by Fuller and the pursuers south of Adairsville.
The Yonah - First train picked up by the pursuers at Etowah Station.
William R. Smith - Train on the Rome RR. "Long Bill" Smith was first president of the railroad.
The Catoosa - Often overlooked player in The Great Locomotive Chase, the crew of the Catoosa nearly ended the chase north of Adairsville. After letting the General go by, and seeing the Texas following, they joined the run behind the Texas.
The Etowah - short haul locomotive that took finished iron ore products to the Western and Atlantic depot just north of the Etowah River bridge. It would return with raw materials and goods for sale in the town of Etowah. Taken by the pursuers to follow the General to Kingston.