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Near Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 3

(September 20, 1862)

 
 
Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 3 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
1. Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 3 Marker
Inscription.  Early in the morning of September 20, movements were made by General McClellan to ascertain the position of the Army of Northern Virginia. Maj. Charles S. Lovellís Brigade (1st and 6th, 2d and 10th, the 11th and 17th U. S. Infantry) Sykesí Division, 5th Corps, crossed the Ford and pushed out on the Charlestown Road. Barnes' Brigade, Morellís Division, was ordered to cross and move on Shepherdstown. Lovell had gone about a mile and a half on the Charlestown Road when he met the Confederates in force. The Brigade was deployed, about-faced and fell back to the bluffs bordering the river and on either side of the Charlestown Road. The 2d and 10th Infantry were deployed as skirmishers in a belt of woods on the left front. Warrenís Brigade (5th and 10th N. Y. Infantry) Sykesí Division, crossed at the Ford and formed on Lovellís left. Barnes, being ordered by Sykes to form on Lovellís right, suspended his movement on Shepherdstown and went into position west of the mill, 220 yards north of this point. Lovellís skirmishers and some Cavalry, which had crossed and gone to the front were now pressed back by the advance of A. P. Hillís Confederate Division
Markers at the Intersection of River and Trough Roads image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
2. Markers at the Intersection of River and Trough Roads
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and Sykes ordered the entire command to recross the Potomac, which was done in good order by Lovellís and Warrenís Brigades. The Confederate advance on the part of the line held by them being checked by the fire of Weedís, Randolís and Van Reedís Batteries posted on the heights on the Maryland side of the river. Barnesí Brigade, the last ordered withdrawn, met with great loss at the mill and on the bluffs and river bank beyond. (Marker Number B.F. 3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 20, 1801.
 
Location. 39° 25.673′ N, 77° 46.727′ W. Marker is near Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road (County Route 17/1) and Trough Road (County Route 31/1), on the left when traveling west on River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 2 (here, next to this marker); Battle of Boteler's Ford (here, next to this marker); Pack Horse Ford (a few steps from this marker); Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 1 (a few steps from this marker); Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association
Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 3 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
3. Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 3 Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Shepherdstown (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnes' Brigade (about 600 feet away); 118th Pennsylvania Infantry (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
 
Along River Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
4. Along River Road
On the left are some of the bluffs that confronted the attacking Federal Forces.
Mill Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 28, 2007
5. Mill Ruins
Ruins of the cement mill stand next to a path down to the Patomac. In this vicinity, Barnes Brigade covered the Federal withdrawal.
Mill ruins image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, April 6, 2019
6. Mill ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,907 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on October 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   4, 5. submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on February 4, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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