Dickerson in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Too Tough To Crack
—Antietam Campaign 1862 —
On September 9, Confederate Gen. John G. Walker’s division spent several hours attempting to destroy the aqueduct, but were stymied by its “extreme solidity and massiveness.” They camped near Licksville the next day and set off for Point of Rocks in the evening, after being surprised by the advance of Union forces under Gen. Darius N. Couch. The Federals deployed artillery near here to defend the aqueduct and Cheeks Ford.
(sidebar) Spinks Ferry lockkeeper Thomas Walter had been employed by the canal company since 1839. When Hill's division arrived, he pleaded with Gen. D.H. Hill not to destroy the aqueduct or lock, arguing that the Confederates could more effectively disable the canal by breaching earthen banks rather than masonry structures. Witnesses reported Walter became so heated they feared his arrest. These actions likely saved the canal company thousands
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 13.369′ N, 77° 27.063′ W. Marker is in Dickerson, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Mouth of Monocacy Road and Dickerson Road (Maryland Route 28). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Springing Over the Monocacy (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chesapeake and Ohio Aqueduct (approx. 1.3 miles away); Historic Site [ B&O RR station] (approx. 1.6 miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 1.6 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 1.6 miles away); Linden Farm (approx. 1.7 miles away); Washington's Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away); White’s Ford (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dickerson.
More about this marker. On the left side is a photo of Monocacy
In the sidebar is a portrait of Gen. John G. Walker as well as a photos of "Lockkeeper's House at Lock 27, C&O Canal, ca. 1934 and 'Wast Wier' at Lock 27, C&O Canal, April 1959.
On the right side is a map showing Confederate and Federal movements during the Antietam campaign.
Also see . . . The Monocacy Aqueduct. 2004 article in The Smithsonian Associates Civil War E-Mail Newsletter, Volume 5, Number 7.
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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