Field Dispatch: Oldtown, MD

Last time, we took a look at the role of ironclad railroad cars in the war along the Potomac, with a special focus on two actions involving Captain Petrie of the 2nd PHB Infantry. Both of those actions took place near Oldtown, Maryland - a small village along the upper Potomac in Allegany County. This … Continue reading Field Dispatch: Oldtown, MD

Raiders, Railroads, and Captain Petrie’s “Land Monitors”

The regiments of the Potomac Home Brigade were raised with the primary goal of protecting the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from maurauding rebel raiders. This was an essential mission given the importance of the B&O to the Union war effort. It was a vital artery for carrying men and materiel between the east coast and the … Continue reading Raiders, Railroads, and Captain Petrie’s “Land Monitors”

“Owing to the very bitter feeling…between the officers and men”

Today we'll return to Cumberland to take a quick look at an incident involving the 2nd PHB Infantry early in 1863. During this time the entire 8th Army Corps - the Middle Department that defended Maryland and parts of West Virginia - was undergoing a reorganization. The defenses along the Upper Potomac were under the command of … Continue reading “Owing to the very bitter feeling…between the officers and men”