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Oakland - Oakland, Maryland
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member outdoorboy34
N 39° 24.603 W 079° 24.518
17S E 637003 N 4363490
Quick Description: The Oakland Civil War Discovery Trail Marker is located at the restored Oakland Train Depot on East Liberty Street in the Town of Oakland, Garrett County, Maryland
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 5/10/2014 8:29:34 AM
Waymark Code: WMKP8Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
On Sunday, April 26, 1863, a detachment of Confederate Capt. John H. McNeill's partisan rangers under Col. A. W. Harman attacked the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad facilities here in Oakland. They were part of Confederate Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones’ incursion into West Virginia and Maryland to hamper the rail movements of Federal troops and supplies.

The town was defended by Company O, 6th West Virginia Infantry, a Preston County unit. The Confederates arrived about 11 a.m. and surprised the garrison. When Oakland's citizens emerged from church services, they found the town in possession of the Southerners. The Union commander, Capt. Godwin, was captured at the Lutheran Church on Green Street, and one by one, three more officers and fifty-seven soldiers were rounded up.

Apparently, only one shot was fired in Oakland, when Confederates who thought that a Union officer was recuperating at the Glades Hotel fired a warning shot from a small cannon past the building. After they turned the gun to face the hotel, the manager came out and begged them to inspect the interior rather than opening fire. They found no Federal officer in the building. Meanwhile, a few Confederates rode west to the Youghiogheny River railroad bridge, where they captured the guards at Fort Alice, disarmed them, and burned the bridge.
Type of site: Transportation Route or Facility

Address:
104 East Liberty Street
Oakland, MD USA
21550


Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
In downtown Oakland, Maryland off of US Route 219 onto Maryland Route 39, cross Railroad Tracks and make a RIGHT onto Second Street, Cross Railroad Tracks and make a LEFT at the next Intersection into Train Station Parking Lot


Phone Number: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Post at least one photo of a Civil War related item or scene and post one Civil War Discovery you learned while visiting the waymark. The photo should have the coordinates of where it was taken if significantly different from the waymark's coordinates.
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