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Point of Rocks in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Point of Rocks

Confederates Capture Train

— Gettysburg Campaign —

 
 
Point of Rocks<br>Confederates Capture Train Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, November 4, 2006
1. Point of Rocks
Confederates Capture Train Marker
Inscription.  In mid-June 1863, with rumors of a pending reinvasion of Maryland by Confederate forces, most Baltimore and Ohio trains stopped running past here. As tension mounted, the New York Times reported that no trains were departing Baltimore, “except the mail train to Harpers Ferry and the accommodation for Frederick.” In the predawn hours of June 17, Confederate cavalry crossed the Potomac River and attacked Union cavalry at nearby Catoctin Station, while another unit captured a military train here. The train was carrying provisions for the Harpers Ferry garrison, which was moving from the imminent danger there to Baltimore. Four earlier trains had passed safely, and this was the last of the convoy. After first being attacked at Catoctin Stations, the train escaped to Point of Rocks, but here the engineer and conductor was captured together with fifteen passengers. The train, with its cargo of flour, was burned. Reports of the incident caused considerable anxiety in Frederick and the surrounding countryside. Before the end of the month, thousands of Union soldiers would pass by here on their way to cover the nearby gaps, knowing that
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Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army was on the other side of the mountains.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, 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 June 17, 2003.
 
Location. 39° 16.433′ N, 77° 32.021′ W. Marker is in Point of Rocks, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Clay Street (Maryland Route 28) east of Catoctin Mountain Highway (U.S. 15). It is in the parking lot of the Point of Rocks railroad station. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point of Rocks MD 21777, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Point of Rocks (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Point of Rocks.
 
More about this marker. An “accommodation” is a train that stops at all stations and may also stop at farm houses, road crossings, and rail yards for the convenience
Markers in front of Point of Rocks Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, November 4, 2006
2. Markers in front of Point of Rocks Station
This view shows the B&O Railroad station, designed by E. Francis Baldwin and completed in 1876. It was built at the junction where the Metropolitan Branch from Washington (behind station) joins the Old Main Line from Baltimore (between the markers and the station), which continues west (towards the right). The Metropolitan Branch opened in 1873.
This station continues to serve passengers on the MARC Brunswick Line. Amtrak's Capitol Limited (trains 29 to Chicago and 30 to Washington) pass this station but do not stop.
of local patrons and railroad employees.
 
Regarding Point of Rocks. The B&O Railroad met and parallelled the C&O Canal a few hundred feet west of here, separated—by 1832 court order—by a high wall to prevent trains from spooking the mules that towed boats on the canal. Eventually the railroad dug a tunnel through Catoctin Mountain to separate itself from the canal.
 
Also see . . .
1. Impossible Challenge: The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Maryland. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
2. Impossible Challenge II: Baltimore to Washington and Harpers Ferry from 1828 to 1994. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
3. The Met: A History of the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad, Its Stations and Towns. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
4. The Baltimore and Ohio In The Civil War. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
5. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in the Potomac Valley (Golden Years of Railroading). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
6. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (Railroad Color History). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
7. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (MBI Railroad Color History). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
8. Baltimore and Ohio's Capitol Limited and National Limited (Great Passenger Trains). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
9. Route of the National Limited (Baltimore and Ohio Passenger Service Volume 1). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
10. Route of the Capitol Limited (Baltimore and Ohio Passenger Service, Volume 2). (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
11. The Great Road. The Building of the Baltimore and Ohio, the Nation's First Railroad 1828 - 1853. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
12. Chessie System (MBI Railroad Color History). (Submitted on October 14, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
13. CSX (MBI Railroad Color History). (Submitted on October 14, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com.
14. Point of Rocks Railroad Station. (PDF) F-1-129, National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form, 1972. (Submitted on April 9, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
1863 B&O Railroad in Maryland image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, April 8, 2018
3. 1863 B&O Railroad in Maryland
Close-up of map on marker
Point of Rocks Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, November 4, 2006
4. Point of Rocks Station
This view west from the MARC commuter train platform has the Metropolitan Line tracks in the foreground.
No. 32 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, April 8, 2018
5. No. 32
B&O steam locomotive No. 32 built in the mid-1850's was typical of the fleet that hauled freight such as coal and flour over the main line at the time of the Civil War.
Close-up of B&O Railroad Museum photo on marker
Point of Rocks Railroad Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, April 8, 2018
6. Point of Rocks Railroad Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,615 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 8, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on December 8, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on April 9, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on December 8, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on April 9, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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