White's Ferry

White's Ferry (HM51M)

Location: Dickerson, MD 20842 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 9.32', W 77° 31.1'

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Invasion or Liberation.

— Antietam Campaign 1862 —

The serenity of the Maryland countryside wasshattered on September 4-6, 1862, as 35,000 Confederate soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginiawaded across the Potomac River. Gen. Robert E. Lee, hoping to rally support in the dividedstate, sent the bulk of his army across at White's Ford two miles north of here. The military operations would change the lives of the fighting men and affect local residents and businesses.

The largely indifferent reaction to the Confederates as they entered Montgomery County was described by a Missouri soldier, "Instead of an outburst of overflowing joy, at the sight of their deliverers, not one solitary soul had come tothe River bank to see us cross or welcome us tothe soil." A resident recalled the veteran troops as "the dirtiest, filthiest, piratical-looking, cutthroat men I ever saw.... Yet there was a dash about them that the Northern men lacked."

The invaders passed the Chesapeake andOhio Canal via road culverts and bridges erectedby their engineers. Walls of the canal werebreached to disrupt commerce and the enemy's supply lines, but efforts to destroy the Monocacy Aqueduct were unsuccessful.

As the largest part of the Confederate army marched toward Frederick, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry formed a protective screen to the south.
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HM NumberHM51M
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 7:12am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282396 N 4337034
Decimal Degrees39.15533333, -77.51833333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 9.32', W 77° 31.1'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 9' 19.20" N, 77° 31' 6.00" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24801 Whites Ferry Rd, Dickerson MD 20842, US
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