Near Cumberland in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Union Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley hurriedly organized Cumberland’s defenses. He positioned a blocking force of two infantry regiments (about 1,000 men) and four artillery pieces east of town on wooded hills overlooking Folck’s Mill. Other units, including three hastily organized civilian volunteer companies, occupied prepared positions elsewhere around the town.
When the first Confederates reached Folck’s Mill, the concealed Federals opened fire. The raiders took shelter in the mill buildings and what is now Hillcrest Cemetery. As the main Confederate force arrived, it deployed on the hill behind the advance body. A sharp fight ensued about 3 p.m. and continued for four and a half hours. With Averell pressing their rear and a
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 39° 40.303′ N, 78° 43.287′ W. Marker is near Cumberland, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker can be reached from Ali Ghan Road NE. The marker is located on the grounds of the Ali Ghan Shriner's Hall near I-68 exit 46. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13100 Ali Ghan Road NE, Cumberland MD 21502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Folck's Mill (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Folck's Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Cumberland (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cumberland Surrenders (approx. 2.2 miles away); Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Town Clock Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); McNeill’s Raid (approx. 2.4 miles away); Capture of Generals (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland.
More about this marker. The center of the marker displays a battle map depicting troop and artillery positions during the Battle of Folck's Mill. The marker also features portraits of Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley and Gen. John C. McCausland.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Folck’s Mill. National Park Service Summary. (Submitted on May 25, 2009.)
2. Folck's Mill, National Register of Historic Places. Summary of the NRHP listing. (Submitted on May 25, 2009.)
3. The Battles of McConnellsburg and Cumberland. Article from The Bivouac Banner. (Submitted on May 25, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2009. This page has been viewed 2,247 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 25, 2009. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.