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Near Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Selecman’s (Snyder’s) Ford

 
 
Selecman's (Snyder's) Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
November 14, 2010
1. Selecman's (Snyder's) Ford Marker
Inscription.  Near here on the Occoquan River was Selecman’s Ford, a rocky, narrow river crossing used by both sides during the Civil War. The 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry with 100 men of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry crossed this ford on December 19, 1862 to defend Occoquan from General Wade Hampton’s raiding horsemen. On December 28, 1862, a day after General J.E.B. Stuart struck Dumfries and Occoquan, General Fitzhugh Lee’s cavalry brigade encountered 250 men of the 2nd and 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry on a reconnaissance and drove them back to Selecman’s Ford. The Confederate cavalry with Major John Pelham’s horse artillery charged single file across the ford and pursued the Federals two miles into Fairfax County where they sacked and burned a Union camp. The outnumbered Federals lost 2 officers killed, 10 enlisted wounded, and 100 men captured. Stuart’s “Christmas Raid” continued on to Burke Station and Fairfax Courthouse. The Occoquan dam, completed in 1958, flooded the ford site forever.
 
Erected 2010 by Prince William County Historical Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker
Selecman's (Snyder's) Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
November 14, 2010
2. Selecman's (Snyder's) Ford Marker
is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 38° 41.639′ N, 77° 17.799′ W. Marker is near Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Antietam Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located beside the Antietam Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12000 Antietam Road, Woodbridge VA 22192, 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. A different marker also named Selecman’s (Snyder’s) Ford (approx. 0.7 miles away); Woodbridge Airport (approx. 1.2 miles away); Washington’s First Journey to the Frontier (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Chinn Family (approx. 1.6 miles away); Occoquan River Bridges (approx. 1.9 miles away); Historic Occoquan (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Dogue Indians (approx. 1.9 miles away); Town of Occoquan (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Dumfries Raid. John Pelham Historical Association -- by Peggy Vogtsberger (Submitted on November 14, 2010.) 

2. New Historical Marker at Antietam Elementary School. Prince William County Public Schools
The Other Selecman's (Snyder's) Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By B Horton, March 2, 2011
3. The Other Selecman's (Snyder's) Ford Marker
This one is on Fairfax County side of Occoquan Reservoir with view of Prince William County in distance. Location is in Sandy Run Regional Park.
- News story includes photos from dedication of marker. (Submitted on November 14, 2010.) 
 
Occoquan Reservoir image. Click for full size.
November 14, 2010
4. Occoquan Reservoir
Typical view north across the Occoquan River Reservoir into Fairfax County - near the area of the former Selecman's Ford - about 1 mile upstream of the Occoquan Dam.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,359 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2010.   3. submitted on March 3, 2011, by B Horton of Fairfax Station, Virginia.   4. submitted on November 14, 2010. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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