McNeill's Rangers Tour / 1633cumberlandmarker

May 2010

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This marker in Cumberland tells the story of McNeill's raid.

Capture of Generals B.F. Kelly and George Crook
— 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. General Crook was captured in this building, then known as “Revere House.” Generals Kelly and Melvin were taken from the “Barnum House,” (now Windsor Hotel).

Copyright Linda Walcroft 2010