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Sterling in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Gettysburg Campaign
 
Gettysburg Campaign Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2007
1. Gettysburg Campaign Marker
 
Inscription. J.E.B. Stuart, operating on Lee’s right, passed here on his way to the fords of the Potomac north of Dranesville June 27, 1863. Crossing the river, he became seperated from Lee's army and did not rejoin it until July 2 at Gettysburg.
 
Erected 1931 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number T 38.)
 
Location. 39° 1.545′ N, 77° 23.49′ W. Marker is in Sterling, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Potomac View (Virginia Route 637) and Harry Byrd Highway (Virginia Route 7), on the right when traveling south on Potomac View. Click for map. Next to the Northern Virginia Community College (Loudoun Campus). Marker is in this post office area: Sterling VA 20164, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Ankerage" (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ambush at Ankers's Shop (about 600 feet away); Guilford Signal Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road in the 1800s (approx. 0.8 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lanesville Historic Area (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lanesville House and Vestal's Gap Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Braddock Campaign (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sterling.
 
Gettysburg Campaign Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2007
2. Gettysburg Campaign Marker
The present day Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7 seen in the distance) was historically the Leesburg Pike. Gen. Stuart was very familiar with this area, having fought a small battle at Dranesville in 1861. However, on the way to Gettysburg, his command was not within a mile of this marker location.
 

 
Also see . . .  Account of the Movements of Stuart's Cavarly. An excerpt from "The Life and Campaigns of Major-General JEB Stuart" by H. B. Mcclellan (who had served as Stuart's chief of staff during the war). (Submitted on July 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Potomac River at Dam #2 Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 6, 2010
3. Potomac River at Dam #2
Rowsers Ford was near the site of Dam #2, which spanned the Potomac near Lock #23 of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The shallow water downstream from this dam was often used as ford. When Stuart's cavalry crossed, recent rains made the ford difficult.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,337 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on March 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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