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

Germanna Ford

 
 
Germanna Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 17, 2021
1. Germanna Ford Marker
Inscription.  Germanna Ford, a natural crossing of the Rapidan River, has made this area an important transportation corridor for centuries. A ferry and road were established here in the 1720s. During the Civil War, portions of the Union Army of the Potomac moved southward across the ford in Apr. 1863, just before the Battle of Chancellorsville, and again in Nov. 1863 during the Mine Run Campaign. Union troops also crossed here on 4-5 May 1864 to open the Overland Campaign. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia blocked their path about four miles south of here, resulting in the Battle of the Wilderness on 5-7 May.
 
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number J-35.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 38° 22.661′ N, 77° 46.908′ W. Marker is in Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Germanna Highway 0.1 miles west of College Drive (Virginia Route 375), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map.
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 17, 2021
2. Germanna Ford Marker
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 2095 Germanna Hwy, Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Germanna (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Germanna Ford (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant Takes Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Germanna (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexander Spotswood's Enchanted Castle (about 400 feet away); Fort Germanna Visitor Center (about 400 feet away); Hans Conrad Amberger (about 500 feet away); Giuseppe Oddenino (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
Germanna Ford image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 15, 2018
3. Germanna Ford
As viewed from the Germanna Highway bridge which crosses the Rapidan River just south of the ford.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on April 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.

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