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Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Germanna Ford

 
 
Germanna Ford image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
1. Germanna Ford
Inscription. One of the principal crossings of the Rapidan River from colonial times. Here a part of the Army of the Potomac crossed the river, April 30, 1863, preceding the Battle of Chancellorsville. Here a part of Meade’s army crossed on the way to Mine Run, November 26, 1863. Here the Fifth and Sixth Corps of Grant’s army crossed, May 4-6, 1864, to open the Wilderness Campaign.
 
Erected 1929 by Conservation & Development Comission. (Marker Number J–35.)
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 22.61′ N, 77° 46.802′ W. Marker was in Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker was on Germanna Highway (Virginia Route 3) north of Spotswood Drive (County Route 760), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Germanna (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named Germanna Ford (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Germanna Ford (about 500 feet away); Culpeper County / Orange County
Two Markers at Germana Ford image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
2. Two Markers at Germana Ford
(approx. ¼ mile away); The "Enchanted Castle" at Germanna, circa 1720-1750 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Spotswood Family Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away); Gordon's Flank Attack (approx. 2.9 miles away); Captain John Spotswood (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
Additional comments.
1.
In May 2016, this marker was destroyed in car accident, not yet replaced as of April 2017.
    — Submitted April 19, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Germanna Ford Marker (reported missing) image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, May 8, 2017
3. Germanna Ford Marker (reported missing)
Germanna Ford Crossing Site Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 5, 2008
4. Germanna Ford Crossing Site Today
The site can be reached by a short access road from the Germanna Foundation Visitors Center.
Old Germanna Bridge stone abuttments and piers. image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
5. Old Germanna Bridge stone abuttments and piers.
Taken a day or two after the main body of Federal forces crossed during the Battle of the Wilderness campaign. View is from the Orange County side of the river, from about where the modern-day Germanna Foundation Visitor Center is now located. The stone abutment on the Orange County side still exists.
Old Germanna Bridge stone abuttment on the Orange County side of the river. image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, May 1, 2017
6. Old Germanna Bridge stone abuttment on the Orange County side of the river.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,480 times since then and 113 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 16, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on November 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on May 8, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.   4. submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on May 8, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.   6. submitted on May 2, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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