This Month In County History

1863: Confederate raiders plunder, burn

July 10, 2005

On July 11, 1863, Confederate Maj. Harry Gilmor led his cavalry unit on a destructive raid through Harford County. The raiders passed through Jerusalem Mill, on the banks of the Little Gunpowder River in the southern part of the county, where they plundered supplies. The raid ended in the Edgewood-Magnolia area, where Gilmor, a Baltimore County native, and his men torched a railroad bridge over the Gunpowder River, temporarily stopping transportation and communication between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, New York and other northern cities.

Source: The Civil War in Maryland by D.C. Toomey,, and county historical records

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