Poolesville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From Dec. 1861 to March 1862 the base of balloon operations of Thaddeus Lowe was located here.
In June 1863 the Union Army crossed here over twin pontoon bridges on the way to Gettysburg. Rebel raiders crossed here in Aug. 1863, July 1864, and Feb. 1865, damaging the canal and Union equipment.
Erected by the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland State Highway Administration.
Location. 39° 6.282′ N, 77° 28.293′ W. Marker is in Poolesville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Edwards Ferry Road and River Road on Edwards Ferry Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Poolesville MD 20837, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. At the Junction of War and Peace: (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Ideal Crossing (was about 500 feet away but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named Edwards Ferry (about 700 feet away); Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park (approx. 1.2 miles away in Virginia); a different marker also named Edwards Ferry (approx. 1.3 miles away in Virginia); Ice House (approx. 2.1 miles away in Virginia); Carriage House (approx. 2.1 miles away in Virginia); Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park (approx. 2.1 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poolesville.
Also see . . . Balloons in the American Civil War. (Submitted on June 10, 2007.)
Categories. • Air & Space • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,875 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on July 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.