Fort Alice-Railroad Bridge Destroyed - Oakland MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 25.375 W 079° 25.185
17S E 636021 N 4364901
Quick Description: On April 26, 1863, during the Confederate occupation of Oakland, a detachment of Confederate Capt. John H. McNeill's partisan rangers attacked the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge here over the Youghiogheny River.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 3/12/2020 11:59:09 AM
Waymark Code: WM126JD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
Fort Alice Railroad Bridge Destroyed-On April 26, 1863, during the Confederate occupation of Oakland, a detachment of Confederate Capt. John H. McNeill's partisan rangers attacked the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge here over the Youghiogheny River. They were part of a larger group that entered Oakland that Sunday as Confederate Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones led an incursion into West Virginia and Maryland to hamper rail movements of Federal troops and supplies. The Confederates disarmed the small garrison at Fort Alice, destroyed the fort, and burned the bridge.

Fort Alice was one of many fortifications that the U.S. Army erected in Maryland and present-day West Virginia to guard the strategically vital railroad from Baltimore to the Ohio River. In 1861, the Federals constructed an earth and stone fortification fifteen feet high near the tracks to protect the railroad bridge here. Local troops garrisoned the fort periodically. Discipline was somewhat lax, however, and on the morning of the raid, most of the soldiers were away hunting.

Visitors may follow the path parallel to the river for about 500 feet to see the mounds in the woods that are
Type of site: Battlefield

Address:
Herrington Manor Road
Oakland , MD USA
21550


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