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Centennial Times - September 29, 1861 - Confeds capture B&O stock


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September 29, 1861

Confederates Capture Rolling Stock of B & O

The Confederates have successfully hauled thousands of dollars worth of rolling stock and equipment of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad overland from Martinsburg to Strasburg, Va. Fourteen locomotives, a large number of railroad cars, nine miles of track, telegraph wires and about $40,000 worth of machinists’ tools and materials have been hauled to Strasburg over the Valley Turnpike. The western terminus of the Manassas Gap Railroad is located at Strasburg and the rolling stock and equipment will be used by the southern railroads.

A detachment of the Seventh Virginia Cavalry, commanded by Col. Turner Ashby, has been in the area for the past month to protect the men working on the removal of the railroad cars and-equipment. Two companies were ordered on Aug. 17 to Charles Town, thence to a point a mile and a half above Harpers Ferry on the Potomac River, to form a junction with Ashby’s command. The troops have succeeded in protecting the men working on the removal of the railroad equipment and in preventing an advance by the Federal troops from across the river.

Parts of the Confederate militia have been employed as laborers in removing the railroad equipment.

The damage to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad since May of this year is estimated at several million dollars.

Col. Angus W. McDonald’s Confederate-brigade repulsed a Federal advance led by Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley in a two-day fight at Romney, Va. on Sept. 24-25.




ID:
wcct064

Page #:
8

Creator:
Herald-Mail

Rights:
Herald-Mail

Notes:
Used with permission of the Herald-Mail

Date:
1962-08-27

Collection Location:
Hagerstown, Maryland

Original Size:
59 x 33 cms

Subject:
Washington County (Md.), history; Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862; Sharpsburg, Battle of, Md., 1862; Centennial celebrations, etc:

Coverage:
Washington County (Md.), 1860-1862

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

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