Williamsport in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry
Lemen's Ferry crossed the Potomac on a wire cable that stretched across the river. On June 1, 1861 Confederates posted opposite Williamsport skirmished with the Williamsport Home Guard for control of the ferry boat, with the townsmen maintaining possession of the vessel. After the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederates used the ferry to transport its wounded back to Virginia.
[text with upper right photo] General Lee's Army crossing the Potomac at Williamsport, in scows guided by wires. Sketch by CEH Bonwill.
[text with middle right photo] Colonel Thomas' brigade crossing the Potomac at Williamsport, MD.
[text with lower left photo] Invasion of Maryland-Lee retreating across the Potomac to Virginia, above Williamsport, July 13. From a sketch by artist, CEH Bonwill.
Location. 39° 35.934′ Click for map. Marker is at the top of Doubleday Hill, within the cemetery grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport MD 21795, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Doubleday Hill (here, next to this marker); Abner Doubleday (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Doubleday Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport (within shouting distance of this marker); River View Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boats Passing By (about 400 feet away); The Bowie List (about 600 feet away); Welcome to Williamsport (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsport.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 30, 2016.