Point of Rocks

Point of Rocks (HM4KS)

Location: Point of Rocks, MD 21777 Frederick County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 16.433', W 77° 32.021'

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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.
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HM NumberHM4KS
Series This marker is part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) series, and the Maryland Civil War Trails series.
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 2:06pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 281437 N 4350230
Decimal Degrees39.27388333, -77.53368333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.433', W 77° 32.021'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 25.98" N, 77° 32' 1.26" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3901-3907 MD-28, Point of Rocks MD 21777, US
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