“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Fort Alice

Railroad Bridge Destroyed

Fort Alice Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2006
1. Fort Alice Marker
Inscription. On April 26, 1863, during the Confederate occupation of Oakland, a detachment of Confederate Capt. John H. McNeill's partisan rangers attacked the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge here over the Youghiogheny River. They were part of a larger group that entered Oakland that Sunday as Confederate Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones led an incursion into West Virginia and Maryland to hamper rail movements of Federal troops and supplies. The Confederates disarmed the small garrison at Fort Alice, destroyed the fort, and burned the bridge.

Fort Alice was one of many fortifications that the U.S. Army erected in Maryland and present-day West Virginia to guard the strategically vital railroad from Baltimore to the Ohio River. In 1861, the Federals constructed an earth and stone fortification fifteen feet high near the tracks to protect the railroad bridge here. Local troops garrisoned the fort periodically. Discipline was somewhat lax, however, and on the morning of the raid, most of the soldiers were away hunting.

Visitors may follow the path parallel to the river for about 500 feet to see the mounds in the woods that are the remains of Fort Alice.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
View from the Road image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2006
2. View from the Road
39° 25.375′ N, 79° 25.185′ W. Marker is near Oakland, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is on Herrington Manor Road east of Fingerboard Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland MD 21550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tradition of Washington Spring (approx. 0.8 miles away); Oakland (approx. 1.1 miles away); 1884 Oakland Train Station (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Oakland Hotel (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oakland.
Additional keywords. B&O Railroad
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,650 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the remains of Fort Alice • Photo of the current railroad bridge • Can you help?
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