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Seneca in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rowser’s Ford

 
 
Rowser’s Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 4, 2006
1. Rowser’s Ford Marker
Inscription. This crossing of the Potomac River was used by Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart on the night of June 27, 1863, to enter Maryland on his ride around the Union army during the Gettysburg Campaign.
 
Erected by the Maryland Civil War Centennial Commission.
 
Location. 39° 4.499′ N, 77° 19.595′ W. Marker is in Seneca, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Violettes Lock Road and River Road (Maryland Route 190), on the left when traveling south on Violettes Lock Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Germantown MD 20874, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Watering the Canal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seneca Store (approx. 0.8 miles away); Seneca (approx. 0.8 miles away); Seneca Mill (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Seneca Store (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Seneca.
 
More about this marker. Marker is about half a mile from the river.
 
Also see . . .  Fiery Dawn, Chapter 3. The fording of the Potomac at Rowsers Ford is detailed beginning at paragraph 16. This is the online edition
Rowser’s Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 4, 2006
2. Rowser’s Ford Marker
to the book by Sharyn Kane and Richard Keeton. (Submitted on November 5, 2006.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Remains of Dam #2 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 15, 2009
3. Remains of Dam #2
An old dam across the Potomac provided water for both a lift lock and an inlet lock. The shallow water downstream from this dam was often used as ford by travelers and, during the Civil War, by military forces. When Stuart's cavalry crossed, recent rains made the ford difficult. Artillery limbers were emptied, and troopers hand carried ammunition across the river. But with the night crossing effected, the Confederate Cavalry was behind the Federal Army.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,307 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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