"Neighborhood Parlor" for HealingOn May 5, 1861, U.S. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler occupied Relay, Maryland, with the 8th New York and 6th Massachusetts Infantry Regiments and Cook's Boston Battery of light artillery. Their mission was to prevent Confederate sympathizers from sabotaging the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Thomas Viaduct. Butler considered the viaduct the most important and vulnerable target for saboteurs in central Maryland because it was the only rail link to Washington, D.C. from the north. He stationed his men across the viaduct and positioned two guns on the commanding heights of ELkridge behind the Claremont mansion. Several other U.S. Army regiments and batteries later occupied the fortifications on both sides of the river, at Relay in Baltimore County and here on the heights of Elkridge at Camp Essex in Howard County. They remained in the area until the end of the war.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 2:50pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 352847 N 4341877|
|Decimal Degrees||39.21371667, -76.70446667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 12.823', W 76° 42.268'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 12' 49.38" N, 76° 42' 16.08" W|
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|Area Code(s)||410, 443, 301, 240|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 5724-5728 Furnace Ave, Elkridge MD 21075, US|
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