Clear Spring in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Clear Springs in the Civil War
Many local men enlisted in the Federal 1st Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry and Co. B, Cole’s Cavalry, but several joined the Confederate units. A Federal detachment occupied Clear Spring and maintained a signal station on nearby Fairview Mountain. On May 23, the Clear Spring Guard drove off Confederates attempting to capture the boat at McCoy’s Ferry on the Potomac River, south of here. Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s troops attacked the nearby Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in December.
After the Confederate retreat to western Virginia after the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, Gen Robert E. Lee sent Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and more than 1,000 cavalrymen on a raid around the Union army. Stuart’s force crossed at McCoy’s Ferry on October 10 and rode through the Clear Spring community to Mercersburg and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, seizing prisoners, horses,
During the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg in 1863, on July 10 a large cavalry rearguard action began in Clear Spring and continued toward Williamsport. More than 1,500 cavalrymen were involved.
In 1864, Confederate cavalry Gens. John McCausland and Bradley Johnson crossed into Maryland at McCoy’s Ferry on July 29. After driving a 400-man Union force from Clear Spring. McCausland rode to Chambersburg and burned it the next day.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 39.414′ N, 77° 56.136′ W. Marker is in Clear Spring, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Broadfording Road. The marker is in front of the Synder Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12624 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring MD 21722, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Frederick (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clear Spring (approx. ¼ mile away); Clear Spring Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Road Nurtures A Vision (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign Capt. Samuel G. Prather (approx. one mile away); The Federal Signal Station (approx. 1.9 miles away); Gen. J. E. B. Stuart’s (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clear Spring.
Also see . . .
1. The alarm goes out in Clear Spring, 150 years ago today. Regarding some reactions by citizens of Clear Spring on the events of September 10, 1862. (Submitted on December 14, 2012, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
2. Understanding Unionism in the Maryland “borderland”. As the title suggests, and details of the Union meeting held in Clear Spring, January 16, 1861. (Submitted on December 14, 2012, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 687 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 26, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. submitted on August 31, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.