In 1943 Spartacus' band of guerrillas bushwhacked a train outside Americus. It was carrying blacks to a death camp and the band attempted a rescue. Samson planted a bomb on the tracks which, while detonated by a flat car of scrap metal ahead of the engine, did force the train to stop. Immediately the rest of the guerrillas (along with Jonathan Moss and Nick Cantarella) attacked with rifles killing the crew and damaging the engine. The blacks on board were released and scattered throughout the countryside.