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Cumberland, Maryland (Local military forces)

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1. What was the Potomac Home Brigade? When did it exist? What other local military forces besides the Potomac Home Brigade have existed in the Cumberland area? When? What wars or military events did local military forces participate in? When? Who were the commanding officers of local military units? When? Where did local military units hold maneuvers? When?

The Potomac Home Brigade, Companies A, B, C, D, and H of the Third Regiment of this unit were recruited in Allegany County for service in the Federal Army (Union) during the Civil War. The Third Regiment took part in the fighting of the Civil War under General Lew Wallace at the Battle of Monacacy at Harper's Ferry and was actively engaged during all the fighting both in Maryland and at Bolivar Heights, Virginia. The Potomac Home Brigade, including the Allegany County companies and Company E at Hagerstown, Company F at Baltimore, Companies G and K in Frederick County, and Company I in Howard County, later became a part of General Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah Valley.

The Second Regiment of Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade, was organized at Cumberland in 1861 to serve for three years. The Regiment was assigned to duty in West Virginia. It formed a part of the Army of General David Hunter in the advance down the Shenandoah Valley. It took part in engagements at Springfield, Virginia, Great Cacapon, Charlestown, Summit Point, and many other engagements.

The Third Regiment, Potomac Home Brigade, whose officers were, Company A, Crawford W. Shearer, Captain; Gustavos Valois, Captain; James S.


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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