Near Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 3
(September 20, 1862)
Early in the morning of September 20, movements were made by General McClellan to ascertain the position of the Army of Northern Virginia. Maj. Charles S. Lovellís Brigade (1st and 6th, 2d and 10th, the 11th and 17th U. S. Infantry) Sykesí Division, 5th Corps, crossed the Ford and pushed out on the Charlestown Road. Barnes' Brigade, Morellís Division, was ordered to cross and move on Shepherdstown. Lovell had gone about a mile and a half on the Charlestown Road when he met the Confederates in force. The Brigade was deployed, about-faced and fell back to the bluffs bordering the river and on either side of the Charlestown Road. The 2d and 10th Infantry were deployed as skirmishers in a belt of woods on the left front. Warrenís Brigade (5th and 10th N. Y. Infantry) Sykesí Division, crossed at the Ford and formed on Lovellís left. Barnes, being ordered by Sykes to form on Lovellís right, suspended his movement on Shepherdstown and went into position west of the mill, 220 yards north of this point. Lovellís skirmishers and some Cavalry, which had crossed and gone to the front were now pressed back by the advance of A. P. Hillís Confederate Division and Sykes ordered the entire command to recross the Potomac, which was done in good order by Lovellís and Warrenís Brigades. The Confederate advance on the part
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 25.668′ N, 77° 46.728′ W. Marker is near Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road (County Route 17/1) and Trough Road (County Route 31/1), on the left when traveling west on River Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 1 (here, next to this marker); Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 2 (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Barnes' Brigade (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Pack Horse Ford (here, next to this marker); 118th Pennsylvania Infantry (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Packhorse Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); In Honor of James Rumsey (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ferry Hill Place (approx. 1.1 miles away in Maryland). Click for a list of all markers in Shepherdstown.
More about this marker. This is one of two remaining War Department Tablets placed at Botelerís Ford. Three others have been removed from the site. The title of this tablet is based on secondary sources. Some also cite this tablet as "Blackford Ford No. 3."
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service site on the Battle of Shepherdstown.
2. Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association.
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