Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February 2, 1864 (Tuesday): Skirmish at Cumberland

Cumberland, Maryland

CUMBERLAND, MD., February 2, 1864. - 7 p. m.
(Received 12 midnight.)
    At 1 p. m. to-day about 500 of Rosser's brigade made an attack on the forces guarding the bridges across Patterson's Creek and North Branch of Potomac. Several of our men were wounded, 1 killed, balance either captured or dispersed. Both bridges were fired. Re-enforcements were promptly sent forward, and arrived in time to drive the enemy away and save the Patterson's Creek bridge. About 1 mile of the telegraph line destroyed. It will be repaired to-morrow, and in three days the bridges will be repaired and the road in working order. Mulligan still driving the enemy back from New Creek. If Sullivan's cavalry arrives at Romney to-night I hope to cut Rosser off.

      B. F. KELLEY.

Official Records, Series I., Vol. 33, Part 1, Page 29.

The security of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad remained an issue even in 1864.  Here Rosser's men make an incursion near Cumberland, Maryland.   

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