Capture of Generals B.F. Kelly and George Crook

Capture of Generals B.F. Kelly and George Crook (HM1JIU)

Location: Cumberland, MD 21502 Allegany County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 39.133', W 78° 45.582'

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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.

Generals Kelly and Melvin were taken from this building then the "Barnum House,"(now Windsor Hotel).

General Crook was captured in the "Revere House,"(now the Kenneweg Co.-Wholesale Grocers).

The generals were asleep when taken from their respective beds.

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.
Henry Mullaney

The Windsor Hotel—formerly Barnum House—was located on this site. Razed in 1959.
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Date Added Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 692207 N 4391556
Decimal Degrees39.65221667, -78.75970000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 39.133', W 78° 45.582'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 39' 7.98" N, 78° 45' 34.92" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near N George St, Cumberland MD 21502, US
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