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Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Oakland

Confederate Railroad Raid

 
 
Oakland - Confederate Railroad Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 4, 2006
1. Oakland - Confederate Railroad Raid Marker
Inscription. On Sunday, April 26, 1863, a detachment of Confederate Capt. John H. McNeill's partisan rangers under Col. A. W. Harman attacked the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad facilities here in Oakland. They were part of Confederate Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jonesí incursion into West Virginia and Maryland to hamper the rail movements of Federal troops and supplies.

The town was defended by Company O, 6th West Virginia Infantry, a Preston County unit. The Confederates arrived about 11 a.m. and surprised the garrison. When Oakland's citizens emerged from church services, they found the town in possession of the Southerners. The Union commander, Capt. Godwin, was captured at the Lutheran Church on Green Street, and one by one, three more officers and fifty-seven soldiers were rounded up.

Apparently, only one shot was fired in Oakland, when Confederates who thought that a Union officer was recuperating at the Glades Hotel fired a warning shot from a small cannon past the building. After they turned the gun to face the hotel, the manager came out and begged them to inspect the interior rather than opening fire. They found no Federal officer in the building. Meanwhile, a few Confederates rode west to the Youghiogheny River railroad bridge, where they captured the guards at Fort Alice, disarmed them, and burned the bridge.
Three Markers In Front of the Oakland Train Station image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 4, 2006
2. Three Markers In Front of the Oakland Train Station

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 24.612′ N, 79° 24.516′ W. Marker is in Oakland, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is on East Liberty Street west of South 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 East Liberty Street, Oakland MD 21550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1884 Oakland Train Station (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (a few steps from this marker); The Glades Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Garrett Memorial Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Oakland.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Glades Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 22, 2013
3. Glades Hotel
Oakland's Glades Hotel as it appeared during the Civil War.
Close-up of photo on marker
McNeill's Rangers image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 22, 2013
4. McNeill's Rangers
McNeill's Rangers came to Oakland by a remote trail.
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,542 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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