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 solid defense in their front, the Confederates had no choice but to escape south under cover of darkness, leaving campfires burning to deceive the Federals. A difficult night march brought the raiders
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
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. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Ali Ghan Shriner's Hall near I-68 exit 46. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13100 Ali Ghan Road NE, Cumberland MD 21502, United States of America.
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); McNeill’s Raid (approx. 2.4 miles away); Capture of Generals (approx. 2.4 miles away); A Boom for Cumberland (approx. 2.4 miles away); Capture of Generals B.F. Kelly and George Crook (approx. 2.4 miles away); Christ's (St. Paul's) Lutheran Church (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland.
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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.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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