Near Lucketts in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Early Crosses At White's Ford
“An immense amount of damage has been done the enemy”
—Early's 1864 Attack On Washington —
In June 1864, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee sent Gen. Jubal A. Early's corps from the Richmond battlefields to the Shenandoah Valley to counter Union Gen. David Hunter's army. After driving Hunter into West Virginia, Early invaded Maryland to attack Washington D.C., draw Union troops from Richmond, and release Confederate prisoners held at Point Lookout. On July 9, Early ordered Gen. Bradley T. Johnson's cavalry brigade eastward to free the prisoners. The next day, Johnson sent Maj. Harry Gilmor's regiment to rait the Baltimore area. Union Gen. Lew Wallace delayed Early at the Battle of Monocacy on July 9. Federal reinforcements soon strengthened the capital's defenses. Early attacked there near Fort Stevens on July 11-12 and then withdrew to the Shenandoah Valley with the Federals in Pursuit. He stopped them at Cool Spring on July 17-18. Despite failing to take Washington or free prisoners, Early succeeded in diverting Federal resources.
Soon after dawn on July 14, 1864, Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early's corps, Army of Northern Virginia, began crossing the Potomac River here from the Maryland side. Although tired, the men were in high spirits as they returned from a campaign threatening the capital in Washington D.C. The precious weeks of hard marching and fighting had taken a
The Confederates returned to Virginia with more than 3,000 captured horses and 2,500 head of cattle, while wagons carried much-needed provisions for the army. Early could boast $220,000 from ransoms (or "levies") imposed on Maryland cities. Early wrote to Gen. Robert E. Lee the next day from his headquarters near Leesburg, "An immense amount of damage has been done the enemy. …I am sorry I did not succeed in capturing Washington and releasing our prisoners at Point Lookout [Maryland], but the latter was impracticable after I determined to retire from before Washington."
Early's force left Leesburg on the morning of July 16 to march to the Shenandoah Valley. A Union cavalry ambush ten miles west of Purcellville recaptured some of the Maryland plunder.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 11.252′ Touch for map. Located in White's Ford Regional Park at the end of the access road (0.4 m south) on the left as you face the Potomac River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43646 Hibler Rd, Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee Crosses Into Maryland (here, next to this marker); White's Ford (approx. half a mile away in Maryland); a different marker also named White’s Ford (approx. 0.9 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named White’s Ford (approx. 1.7 miles away in Maryland); Warren Historic Site (approx. 1.7 miles away in Maryland); Linden Farm (approx. 2 miles away in Maryland); Seneca Stone Barn (approx. 2.1 miles away in Maryland); Temple Hall (approx. 2½ miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Want to really tread hallowed ground?. Maryland commuters have long known that there are only three ways to cross the Potomac between Point of Rocks and the nation's capital. What they don't know is that a century and a half ago, there were more than a dozen. (Submitted on March 15, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
2. White's Ford Regional Park - History. (Submitted on March 16, 2017.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 15, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. 6. submitted on June 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.