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Kidnapping the Generals

The South’s Most-Daring Raid Against the Union Army


James Rada, Jr.



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During the Civil War, Cumberland, Maryland, was one of the most-well-defended cities in the Union. The city was essentially under martial law with about half of the population of 16,000 made up of Union soldiers. The city was a hub of transportation activity, which is why it was important to the Union. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad had a major stop in the city. The National Road had started in Cumberland and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal had ended there. Keeping Maryland's Queen City safely in Union control helped keep soldiers, equipment and goods flowing quickly throughout the North.

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