To digitally restore this classic early film. Johnnie Gray is a Southern railway engineer who has "only two loves in his life'' -- his locomotive (The General) and the beautiful Annabelle Lee. As Civil War is declared in 1861, he is turned down by the Confederacy because the government believes he is more valuable as an engineer. “I don't want you to speak to me again until you are in uniform,” Annabelle declares and leaves him. Soon Union spies steal The General. Annabelle who was a passenger on the stolen train, becomes a prisoner of the Union troops and is rescued by Johnnie. Reasons for Submission: One of the first silent films to be completely digitally restored. Important for distribution in cinemas.