Point of Rocks-Confederates Capture Train - Point of Rocks MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 16.433 W 077° 32.021
18S E 281437 N 4350230
Quick Description: In mid-June 1863, with rumors of a pending reinvasion of Maryland by Confederate forces, most Baltimore and Ohio trains stopped running past here.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 3/12/2020 12:58:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM126JT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
Point of Rocks-Confederates Capture Train— Gettysburg Campaign —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 Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army was on the other side of the mountains.
Type of site: Transportation Route or Facility

Address:
Clay Street (Maryland Route 28)
in the parking lot of the Point of Rocks railroad station.
Point of Rocks, MD USA
21777


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