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Near Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Potomac Crossings

 
 
Potomac Crossings Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
1. Potomac Crossings Marker
Inscription.  Here Lee turned east to the Potomac, crossing at White's Ford, September 6, 1862, in his invasion of Maryland. Jubal A. Early, returning from his Washington raid, crossed the river at White’s Ford, July 14, 1864.
 
Erected 1929 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number F-2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1851.
 
Location. 39° 12.335′ N, 77° 32.195′ W. Marker is near Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of James Monroe Highway (U.S. 15) and Spinks Ferry Road (Virginia Route 657), on the right when traveling north on James Monroe Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Catoctin Rural Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Wayne’s Crossing (approx. half a mile away); Lucketts School (approx. 0.7 miles away);
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The Kincaid Farm Barns (approx. 1.9 miles away); Welcome to Temple Hall Farm Regional Park (approx. 1.9 miles away); Conditions of the Enslaved at Temple Hall Farm (approx. 1.9 miles away); Enslaved Workers at Temple Hall Farm (approx. 1.9 miles away); This Is Temple Hall! (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
 
More about this marker. Due to ongoing road repair and widening, this marker may be relocated in the near future.
 
Potomac Crossings Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
2. Potomac Crossings Marker
Ongoing road improvements may force the relocation of this marker.
White's Ford image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 29, 2007
3. White's Ford
Looking from the Maryland side towards Virginia. The site was frequently used for crossings by the armies during the Civil War. The Virginia side is not directly accessible and on private property. The Maryland side is in the Dickerson Conservation Park, and adjacent to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park.
The Rebel Army Crossing the Fords of the Potomac for the Invasion of Maryland, 1862 image. Click for full size.
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4. The Rebel Army Crossing the Fords of the Potomac for the Invasion of Maryland, 1862
by Th. Nast, Harper's Weekly, September 27, 1862.
Rebels Retreating with Their Plunder<br>Across the Potomac River,<br>1864 image. Click for full size.
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5. Rebels Retreating with Their Plunder
Across the Potomac River,
1864
from Harper's Weekly July 30, 1864. - Page 484
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,045 times since then and 136 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on April 24, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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