Near Seneca in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
5,000 Confederate Cavalrymen Crossed
— Gettysburg Campaign —
That night, 5,000 Confederate cavalrymen crossed into Maryland at Rowser’s Ford, cutting between Union army and Washington. The rain-swollen river made crossing difficult for artillery and ambulances. By 3 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, they had crossed without alerting residents.
Stuart seized the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal between Locks 23 and 24, hoping to disrupt commerce and an important Federal supply line. Cavalrymen turned a barge length-wise for an impromptu bridge. Capturing at least a dozen boats with Union soldiers and grain, they burned nine, damaged the wooden gates at Lock 23 and Guard Lock 2, and drained that section of the canal by breaching the towpath embankment. Not until June
Stuart’s forces rested, then split into two columns to converge that afternoon at Rockville, the Montgomery County seat. Gen. Wade Hampton’s brigade turned up Seneca Road to Darnestown. Stuart, with the other two brigades under Gens. Fitzhugh Lee and W.H.F. Lee (led by Col. John R. Chambliss), rode south towards Offutts Crossroads (present-day Potomac) and onto Great Falls Road.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Maryland Civil War Trails series lists.
Location. 39° 4.135′ N, 77° 20.451′ W. Marker is near Seneca, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Rileys Lock Road south of River Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Poolesville MD 20837, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Seneca Aqueduct (here, next to this marker); Seneca (a few steps from this marker); Watering the Canal (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Seneca (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Veteran’s Life in Montgomery County (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca.
Also see . . .
1. Rowers Ford, Part 1 (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Rowers Ford, Part 2. To the Sound of the Guns. June 28, 2010 by Craig Swain. (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. C&O Canal
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,427 times since then and 172 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 16, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 5. submitted on July 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.