Near Dickerson in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Invasion & Retreat
After stunning victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia, early in May 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee carried the war through Maryland, across the Mason and Dixon Line and into Pennsylvania. His infantry marched north through the Shenandoah Valley and western Maryland as his cavalry, led by Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, harassed Union supply lines to the east. Union Gen. Joseph Hooker, replaced on June 28 by Gen. George G. Meade, led the Army of the Potomac from the Washington defenses in pursuit. The Federals collided with Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1, starting a battle neither side had intended to fight there. Three days later, the defeated Confederates began retreating through Maryland, retracing their steps to the Potomac River and crossing into Virginia on July 14.
To follow in their footsteps and to discover their stories, stop by any Welcome Center or local Visitor Center to pick up a Gettysburg: Invasion & Retreat Civil War Trail map-guide. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the history and beauty of Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1863.
Location. 39° 9.319′ N, 77° 31.094′ W. Marker is near Dickerson, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Whites Ferry Road, 0.1 miles west of River Road, on the right when traveling west. It is in a group of three markers at the far end of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. White’s Ferry (a few steps from this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named White’s Ferry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The History of White's Ferry (about 300 feet away); Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickerson.
Also see . . . Gettysburg Campaign - Invasion & Retreat Trail. Civil War Trails PDF (Submitted on January 13, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,531 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 13, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 2. submitted on January 12, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 14, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.