So the story begins with my younger years living in a mobile home park in Cherokee County known as Payne. For years we had heard stories about Moon Station in Kennesaw. Back then Baker Road was a quiet road and rarely used. Moon Station was where Giles road crossed the tracks and led you to Kennesaw. Moon Station was a small dip in the road as the tracks were above Baker Road. The rumors were that if you parked your car on the tracks at night and placed the car keys on top of the cab a ghostly woman will come walking down the railroad tracks holding a lantern. As me and a friend watched, the horror became all to real as the sounds of an impending train came roaring around the corner as we struggled to reach the keys on top of a Dodge Duster and almost became ghosts ourselves. From that point on I have learned to take some rumors with a grain of salt. Nonetheless Moon Station was real. We can tray to delve into its story. Again to the maps.
As you can see Moon Station is just above Andersonville and located about two and 1/2 miles from Big Shanty. Mr. W.A. Fuller is making a statement in the Federal union Paper in 1862 about the theft of his engine. He is eating breakfast that Saturday morning, there at Big Shanty when he heard the engine exhaust very suddenly and rapidly. He reported to his engineer Jeff Cain and Mr. A. Murphy running the State Railroad shop that something was wrong. Fuller then ask the guard on the platform, “who had taken the engine off?”. The guard replied, that he did not know him but he was a tall black bearded man wearing a military black overcoat and a large cape. You see, there are strange things afoot here. Maybe not a ghostly lady with a lantern but pretty close. Fuller then said he set off on foot to chase the villain at the double quick time and he was the first to reach Moon’s Station. When Cain, Murphy and a few other men arrived we found a hand car and pushed it to within a half a mile of Acworth where we found the train tracks covered with about forty or fifty cross ties and telegraph wires torn down. After clearing the obstruction Fuller and crew made it to Ackworth where they found another hand car and about ten men armed as well as they were as they perused the train to within a mile of Etowah where the track was torn up and they landed in a ditch. When they arrived at Etowah they took Major Cooper’s engine (Mark Anthony Cooper) and anther car for the men and gave chase to Kingston.
I am going to stop there with the intrepid Great Locomotive Chase, which could be devoted to an entire book and movie. There are some things to consider however about Mr. Fuller and friends. After breakfast (likely biscuits, gravy, grits and eggs) ran double quick time two and one half miles to Moons Station and then pushed a hand cart from there to Acworth. Before you say no big deal, you have to remember that from Cartersville to Big Shanty is considered a down hill grade meaning you could possibly coast between the two cities. I almost accomplished this by car from Cornelia to just outside of Athens, Georgia in a Chevrolet Prism. To put this mildly, Fuller and his friends were some stout boys, not to mentions all the obstacles along the way.
In the book “The Civil War Diary of Brigadier General Daniel Harris Reynolds,” Reynolds mentions a skirmish at Moons Station where the capture of 1 Federal Officer and 83 enlisted men. 6 men where killed including Sergeant Major John Tim Walton of Company H 9th Arkansas infantry OR 1:39 (Part 1) 812, 825, CSR M376 Roll 24 . A Union private of the 14th Illinois infantry was captured here as well. he described Hoods troops as looking like the “Old Continental Army.” This event occurred around October 4th, 1864
Back to Moon’s Station. Lets go back further to 1853 where a terrible accident occurred where the boiler of a locomotive named “Boubel” exploded. The article mentions the station is some 8 miles above Marietta. The explosion killed the conductor Mr. T.C. Greason, and tow others who were Tennesseans, looking for work in Atlanta. (names not listed) and severely injuring Mr. Carlton, a fireman, so severely that his arm had to be amputated. Other people was wounded slightly noting that the boiler was torn into numerous fragments and heavy pieces were thrown some seventy or eighty yards off. The wood shed was thrown down injuring several hands employed at the station. The heavy T-Iron under the wheels of the locomotive was bent downward several inches. Doctors Connel and Bossell promptly rendered aid to the wounded. The Engineer was arrested but there was not sufficient evidence to implicate him. Outside of this horrible accident what we learn here is that the station employed many people.
Another event in 1873, mentions the night passenger train, ran of the tracks tearing down the water tanks and overturning six cars seriously injuring one of the train hands. In lower Bartow County upper Cobb near Allatoona Pass of Sandtown road there was a historic water tower given the name Hugo. I don’t remember seeing a water tower at moon station. Possibly another bygone relic of the times. in 1884 a Mr. A. C. Sorrell of Moons Station had an accident involving the saws of machinery while feeding a gin had his arm terribly lacerated. Although his arm was amputated by doctors but he stilled passed at one o’clock. A mad dog was reported in 1880 biting mules, horses and seventy five other dogs making his way towards Cherokee county and was still at large.
Moon Station has grown as part of the Legacy Park Subdivision and all off the business supporting it. Once a stop for trains passing trains. I could not find any stories of a lonely lantern lady but there are probably grand pups of a once mad dog still roaming the area.
2. Southern Federal Union, Apr. 22, 1862 — page 1
3. Federal Union, Sep. 6, 1853 — page 2
4. Union and Recorder, Jan. 8, 1873 — page 2
5. Weekly Constitution, Oct. 28, 1884 — page 3
6. Weekly Constitution, Apr. 13, 1880 — page 3
7. Worthy of the Cause for Which They Fight: The Civil War Diary of Brigadier General Daniel Harris Reynolds, 1861–1865 By Daniel Harris Reynolds, Project Muse
8. Don Troiani’s Regiments and Uniforms of the Civil War,. Page 166 Stackpole Books, 2002 – History – 267 pages