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Folcks Mill

Battle Name: Folck’s Mill
Other Names: Cumberland
State: Maryland
Location: Allegany County
Campaign: Early’s Raid and Operations against the B&O Railroad (June-August 1864)
Dates: August 1, 1864
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Kelly [US]; Brig. Gen. John McCausland [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 38 total
Description: After burning Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on July 30, Johnson’s and McCausland’s cavalry brigades rode towards Cumberland, Maryland, to disrupt the B&O Railroad. Brig. Gen. Benjamin Kelly organized a small force of soldiers and citizens to meet the Confederate advance. On August 1, Kelly ambushed Rebel cavalrymen near Cumberland at Folck’s Mill, and skirmishing continued for several hours. Eventually the Confederates withdrew.
Results: Inconclusive

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