Near Swanton in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Altamont – Confederate Railroad Raid
Capt. Edward H. McDonald led the ranger detachment into Altamont to destroy the facilities here. First, the rangers cut the telegraph wires so that other stations on the line could not be warned. Then they destroyed the switching machinery and the switches in the track (Altamont was a switching area for “helper” engines used on the 17-Mile Grade).
The rangers also captured a locomotive at the top of the grade here. A soldier climbed in the cab and opened the throttle, intending to reverse it downgrade and either wreck it on a curve or crash it into an approaching train. The engine ran forward rather than backward, however, and headed towards Oakland. It would have wrecked at the burned bridge west of Oakland that had been burned by another detachment of rangers that morning, but it ran out of steam first.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the Maryland Civil War Trails marker
Location. 39° 25.677′ N, 79° 16.78′ W. Marker is near Swanton, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is on Maryland Highway (Maryland Route 135) west of Altamont Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Swanton MD 21561, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cleveland Cottage (approx. 2.8 miles away); Deer Park Hotel (approx. 2.8 miles away); James Cardinal Gibbons (approx. 2.8 miles away); Cleveland Cottage and Site of Deer Park Hotel (approx. 3.1 miles away); You Were Gone Before We Knew It (approx. 5.8 miles away); History of Deep Creek Lake (approx. 5.9 miles away); Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center (approx. 5.9 miles away); Mineral County / State of Maryland (approx. 6 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Swanton.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
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