Tuesday, November 27, 2018
MCCWRT: The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal-- Part 3: Capture of Generals Kelley and Crook
One way of disabling the canal was to breach it. This meant putting a hole in a side of it and letting the water out.
After it was determined that Maryland was not going to join the Confederacy, frequent raids were made on it.
Union Brigadier General Benjamin Franklin Kelley and Major General George Crook were captured along the canal by a small group of Confederate partisans near the end of the war, on February 21, 1865. They were taken to Richmond but were released by a special exchange on March 20.
His Army career didn't last long after that as he resigned on June 1.