Strategic PositionIn 1861, during the early part of the Civil War, Union Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley established Camp Washington here on the Washington Bottom Farm to secure the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in this area. Located between Romney and Cumberland, Maryland, the site was close to the wire bridge over the South Branch of the Potomac River. Despite the large Federal presence here and elsewhere, Confederate raiders struck periodically along the lengthy rail line. Troops from both sides moved periodically through Romney, and Confederate forces occasionally occupied this campsite.
|Series||This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||West Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 696622 N 4366525|
|Decimal Degrees||39.42585000, -78.71568333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 25.551', W 78° 42.941'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 25' 33.06" N, 78° 42' 56.46" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6129 Cumberland Rd, Springfield WV 26763, US|
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