Cumberland in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Capture of Generals
Capture of Generals B.F. Kelly and George Crook
—Nights, February 21–22, 1865 —
General Crook was captured in this building, then known as “Revere House.” Generals Kelly and Melvin were taken from the “Barnum House,” (now Windsor Hotel).
The generals were asleep when taken from their respective beds.
General Lew Wallace was stationed here, in command of a large body of Indiana Zouaves; also Brig. General Hayes, later President of the United States.
This most daring episode of the Civil War created a great sensation all over the country, as at the time several thousand Union troops were stationed in Cumberland.
(The Kenneweg Building—formerly old Revere House—was located on this site. Razed in 1964.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not marker series.
Location. 39° 39.133′ N, 78° 45.547′ W. Marker is in Cumberland, Maryland, Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland MD 21502, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McNeill’s Raid (here, next to this marker); A Boom for Cumberland (within shouting distance of this marker); Capture of Generals B.F. Kelly and George Crook (within shouting distance of this marker); Christ's (St. Paul's) Lutheran Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First National Bank and Trust Company of Western Maryland (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Cumberland.
More about this marker. This marker was originally mounted on the Kenneweg Building at this site. After the building was razed, it was staked next to the sidewalk.
Regarding Capture of Generals. The Confederates, led by Lt. Jesse McNeill, went to the two hotels where the Generals were sleeping, entered their rooms, woke them up, announced they were prisoners, and waited for them to dress. They then walked the prisoners out to the street where they were “mounted upon horses, the owners of which courteously gave the prisoners the saddle, and rode behind. In this manner they were taken out
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Also see . . .
1. Daring Invasion of McNeill's Rangers, and Capture of Generals Crook and Kelly. From the 1923 book History of Allegany County Maryland, by James W Thomas and Judge T J C Williams. (Submitted on August 18, 2006.)
2. A Century of Change - Baltimore Street Near George Street. Photos and commentary of this location, showing the buildings discussed in on this marker. (Submitted on August 18, 2006.)
Additional keywords. Lt. Jesse McNeill
Categories. • Notable Events • War, US Civil •
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