Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate Railroad Raid
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 🚂, and the Maryland Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 26, 1863.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 East Liberty Street, Oakland MD 21550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Our Benefactors (a few steps from this marker); 1920 Baldwin Steam Locomotive (within shouting distance of this marker); 1955 B&O Railroad Caboose (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,742 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2. submitted on August 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3, 4. submitted on September 26, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.