Capture of Generals

Capture of Generals (HM2P9)

Location: Cumberland, MD 21502 Allegany County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 39.133', W 78° 45.547'

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Capture of Generals B.F. Kelly and George Crook

— Nights, February 21-22, 1865 —

A company of Confederates, young men from Cumberland, Maryland, Hampshire and Hardy Counties, West Virginia, captured several picket posts, obtained the countersign "Bulls Gap," rode into the city, captured two commanding Union Generals, Kelly and Crook, and Adj. General Thayer Melvin, and sent them to Richmond, Virginia, as prisoners of war, without firing a shot.

General Crook was captured in this building, then known as "Revere House." Generals Kelly and Melvin were taken from the "Barnum House," (now Windsor Hotel).

General Lew Wallace was stationed here, in command of a large body of Indiana Zouaves; also Brig. General Hayes, later President of the United States.

This most daring episode of the Civil War created a great sensation all over the country, as at the time several thousand Union troops were stationed in Cumberland.

(The Kenneweg Building—formerly old Revere House—was located on this site. Razed in 1964.)
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HM NumberHM2P9
Series This marker is part of the Strange But True series, and the More Than Words series.
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 10:27pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 692257 N 4391557
Decimal Degrees39.65221667, -78.75911667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 39.133', W 78° 45.547'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 39' 7.98" N, 78° 45' 32.82" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 154-168 Baltimore St, Cumberland MD 21502, US
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