Dirs. Clyde Bruckman and Buster (
Johnnie Gray has two loves in his life: his train ("The General") and his girl, Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins Johnnie is the first in line at the recruitment office. He is turned down for service because he is considered to be more valuable as an engineer. Union spies concoct a plan to steal The General. Not only do they steal The General while Johnnie and the passengers are off the train, but they kidnap Annabelle who is still on board. Johnnie sets out as the sole pursuer of the Unionists in an attempt to save The General and Annabelle.