Near Fredericksburg in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Civil War at Ferry Farm
A soldier of the 5th New Hampshire recalled the night march down the ferry road to the pontoon bridge: "The road to the descent was steep and narrow, and was bordered on one side by a chasm ten or fifteen feet deep. As my train went down, one mule driver overturned his wagon, mules and all, into the chasm. The wagon alighted on its top and its wheels loomed up vaguely through the darkness."
Soldiers assigned here were aware of the historical significance
Members of the 148th Pennsylvania tried to throw stones across the river, but none could equal Washington's legendary feat. One wrote: "Could General Washington have beheld...the havoc that was to be wrought by those mighty hosts of his countrymen in fratricidal strife on the very ground, every nook and corner of which must have been familiar to him in his youthful days... his patriotic soul would have been overwhelmed by grief."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1863.
Location. 38° 17.766′ N, 77° 26.997′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker can be reached from Kings Highway (State Highway 3), on the right when traveling south. Located on the walking trail for the Washington's Boyhood Home site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Kings Hwy, Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ferries (a few steps from this marker); The Washington PlantationGeorge Washington’s Childhood Home (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Creek Delegation in Fredericksburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fredericksburg's Wharves and Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Boyhood Home Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fredericksburg City Dock (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . . The Civil War at Ferry Farm. The crossing site saw much activity during the Civil War. (Submitted on December 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,001 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.