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Gen W. E. Jones

Gen John Imboden


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The Jones-Imboden Raid, Garrett County, 1863


In April 1863 the Confederate Army planned to disrupt the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at Oakland, Maryland, and at Grafton, cut telegraph communication, and weaken federal control in the area. They attacked the Union army on two fronts. General John Imboden, with over 3,300 men, were to attack Union strongholds in Philippi Bridge, Buckhannon and Beverly. At the same time, General W. E. "Grumble" Jones and his 2,100 soldiers were to destroy the railroad bridges crossing the Cheat River and the Tray Run in Rowlesburg and the rails between Grafton and Oakland, Maryland. The event became known as the Jones-Imboden Raid.


Rebels Destroying the Railroad,1863
The Republican, the current newspaper of Garrett County, did not start publication until 1877. The Herald of Freedom and Torch Light of Hagerstown and the Cumberland Alleganian of the period have not survived.

This collection makes use of Valley Echo News, a monthly paper published by the Potomac Edison Company during the centennial commemoration of the Civil War. It was published from 1959 to 1965, and then bound together in November 1965. We are providing the story from a publication which does not state its sources or name its writers or contributors. However, some of the articles in the paper are recognisable as being taken word for word from the Herald of Freedom and Torch Light, so we can hope that this story's sources are also authentic.


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Western Maryland Regional Library is grateful to the Washington County Free Library for access to their copy of the Valley Echo News..


 
   
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